La Baronia
Quinteros, V Region, CHILE
Architects: Max Núñez – Nicolás del Rio
Collaborator: Gonzalo Leturia
Location: Quinteros, V Region, Chile
Finished: December 2009
Structural Engineer: Enzo Valladares
Building Contractor: Eduardo Torreblanca
Built Surface: 150 m²
Materials: Wood, zinc-alum cladding
Photographs: Erieta Attali, Sergio Pirrone

The corrosion of the salty breeze coming from the Pacific Ocean can wear out an unprotected structure in a short period of time. Here, the braking waves are not a romantic vision of nature but a very crude reality of the temporal condition of architecture. 

The project offers a delay of this imminent decay, by building a weathered protection of corten steel and an interior structure of bolted wood frames. The “idyllic” open pavilion by the seaside is replaced by a much more hermetic construction.

A tight budget and a precise brief restrained the design to a rational and flexible organization of the program on two levels, and to the tectonic expression of a simple wood structure. The articulation of this structure is different on both levels, creating distinct relations with the view to the Pacific Ocean. In the common areas above the perimeter is defined by the repetition and variations of the wood envelope, while on the interior level, a deep horizontal window is detached from the structure, characterizing the bedrooms. These variations create different corners and views, defining a distance with the exterior, and stressing the condition of the house as a shelter by the seaside.