Almost Cube House With An Outer Shell

This house with a unique shape and an outer shell is located in Chile and presents amazing views of the sea and mountains

This house with a unique shape and an outer shell is located in Chile and presents amazing views of the sea and mountains

This unique-looking house is called Almost Cube House and was built by LAND Arquitectos in Chile. The shape of the house is an abstract deformation of a parallelepiped volume.

The house is located on a privileged western slope of the coastal mountain. LAND’s idea is to optimize the views of the sea, maximizing northern sunlight and protecting the house from the south wind. To do that they structured the volume in pinewood with a truss system that delineates the principal lines of the inside spaces, reflected in the roof and the exterior façade. The skin also creates some private outdoor spaces that feel more secluded. The shell or first skin seeks to provide comfort in a protected space. It is developed in SIP — structural insulated panel — for floors, walls and roof, and thermopanel crystals.

The meeting room, which includes a kitchen, a living room and a dining zone, is oriented to the north, protected from the wind and optimizing the sunlight. It is covered — not totally — with a wooden skin that evidences the passage of day in a constant change of lights and shadows.

The house has glazed walls, so the privacy is achieved only with the shell. The decor is contemporary, even minimalist – all the spaces feel airy and vast and there’s minimum of furniture. Everything is centered around the views, so nothing covers the glazed walls to fully enjoy the sunlight and views.

The house got a shell to protect it from the wind, which is very strong here and to create some very private outer spaces

The house got a shell to protect it from the wind, which is very strong here and to create some very private outer spaces

The building diminishes the wind with a second skin of wooden slats, which also provide some privacy as the house is fully glazed

The building diminishes the wind with a second skin of wooden slats, which also provide some privacy as the house is fully glazed

There's an outdoor lounge with a kitchen island, a dining set and some benches

There's an outdoor lounge with a kitchen island, a dining set and some benches

Benches come along the shell, and there's a fire pit, so this deck is a great outdoor space to spend time

Benches come along the shell, and there's a fire pit, so this deck is a great outdoor space to spend time

The kitchen is done with minimalist white furniture and wooden beams that echo with the wooden shell outside

The kitchen is done with minimalist white furniture and wooden beams that echo with the wooden shell outside

The walls are mostly glazed to maximize the views and light, and there's minimum of furniture to make the interior feel airy

The walls are mostly glazed to maximize the views and light, and there's minimum of furniture to make the interior feel airy

The bedroom features only a bed, some bedside tables and lamps, and the views are amazing

The bedroom features only a bed, some bedside tables and lamps, and the views are amazing

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