Casa Aguas Claras
Location: Loteo Aguas Claras, Cachagua, Chile
Finished: July 2013
Area: 420 m2
“The excitement comes from architecture when it is simple, readable; the spirits need things to be legible. And an architecture that reveals its constitution, just as a human being reveals its constitution, reveals its goals, all without camouflage and, above all, without artifice (...) in my opinion, that honesty is primarily technique... "
The above quote summarizes the essential will that gives shape to this work. The programmatic requirements were relatively simple: second home, Cachagua, in the Chilean coast, a site of 5000 m2 with large domain of the sea horizon and distant views, some availability of economic resources, and customers with high aesthetic sensibility. Simplicity and clarity in the formal resolution were their primary requirements. The program should include separate areas for adults and children.
I chose a radical symmetric scheme, structured around two axes, one longitudinal, north-south, spanning the width of the site along 45 mts, and one cross-slope, formed by the main entrance. This axis corresponds to the public areas of the house, which divide the program into both poles required for adults and children.
The west façade opens onto a large terrace that extends throughout the entire volume, constituting a sort of "fashion runway": the intention is to underline the presence of the inhabitant´s bodies, which wander and walk along this horizontal plan, silhouetted against the horizon of the sea. The body gestures that unfold in “scenes of distention”, resting in deckchairs, slowly entering the pool...or perhaps indicating a vanishing point on the horizon. A ship, a cloud, a bird that migrates. The neutral clarity of the spatial configuration allows these simple gestures to be recognised in their ephemeral delicateness. In this intention are contained many visual and literary references I appreciate, specifically Michelangelo Antonioni´s films, the final scene of "Death in Venice" by Visconti, and some texts of Roland Barthes. My essential purpose is to understand Architecture basically as a frame for the canvas of Life. A sober and silent background, upon which our daily actions may acquire a subtle aura of elegance and distinction.