This concrete house in Concepcion, Chile, completed in 2011 by up and coming architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofía von Ellrichshausen, stands out as much for its strong vertical presence as for its bold, blocky silhouette.
Dubbed the Cien house, this unconventional hillside home boasts a broad podium base topped by a tower structure, stretching tall to overlook the city skyline. The podium features an open air rooftop deck that lets the homeowners step out and take in these lovely countryside and urban vistas.
A smart design, this live work space efficiently and comfortably combines living quarters and a studio space, used by the couple that calls this contemporary house “home.” These two separate functions of the house have a unified style. In contrast to the cool exterior, interiors welcome you with their wonderfully warm aesthetic, achieved with rustic natural wood floors and white painted wood wall panels, which we love for their imperfections.
The office area features a main room with individual nooks where husband and wife can put their noses to the grindstone in peace without being totally separated.
A spiral staircase winds its way up, bringing purpose and a pop of personality to the house. Windows and skylights create sun soaked rooms throughout.
The living spaces are positioned in relation to the sun, maximizing the natural light and warmth coming in through the expansive glazing.
Mauricio Pezo and Sofía von Ellrichshausen
photo credit: Andrea K. Jackson