Lake Rapel Slope House achieves a harmonious dialogue between the artificial and the natural

Slope House is located on the edge of Lake Rapel, two hours from the city of Santiago de Chile. The project consists of three levels. On the upper floor, there are the common spaces of the living room, kitchen, dining room, terrace, and services. This level has a roof, an inclined plane that gives hierarchy to the spaces with their height ranging from 4 m to 2.7 m. On the middle floor, the three bedrooms and bathrooms are located, and finally, the lower floor has a versatile living space, with a second terrace, which connects with the ground and the lake. 

The design by Hsu-Rudolphy Arquitectos consists of an elementary structure of steel and concrete, which intervenes little in the field, and then receives a skin of wood and glass. The architects wanted to find simple solutions, simple finishes, but arranged efficiently, to achieve an optimal result for users, with low maintenance and high durability and finally move their inhabitants with the quality of the spaces and their relation with the landscape. 

The architectural proposal raises two main concepts. Lake views and conservation of the natural environment. To achieve both, the house is located perpendicular to the slope of the land, generating small and precise terraced levels, to avoid large earthworks and on three compact levels, to decrease the occupation and erosion of the land, achieving good height and views. 

The idea was to integrate the architectural volume into the natural environment surrounded by trees as if born from the ground. The architects’ intention was to achieve a harmonious dialogue between the artificial and the natural. The accesses are designed as walkways that connect the building at its different levels, with the natural terrain and its path between the trees.

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