‘Lucernas House’ by 01 Arq, Catemito, Chile, images © Aryeh Kornfeld, all images courtesy of 01 Arq.
Chilean practice 01 Arq has recently completed the ‘Lucernas House’ in the small farming town of Catemito, 20 kilometers south of Santiago at the base of Chena hill. The building, is a single-storey orthogonal volume, interrupted by protruding boxes that contain large windows. These protrusions, act like light-wells, bringing ample lighting and ventilation into the dwelling, while framing extended views of the surroundings. Painted dark grey in the exterior to blend with the landscape, it features a white-washed, open-plan interior configuration, composed of glass sliding doors to divide private and public spaces when needed.