Cliff edge houses don’t come much edgier than the epic Panal House, whose cantilevered structure juts out over a 55-degree slope to offer its inhabitants the grandest views of the breaking waves below. The home was remarkably imagined by Estudio Dikenstein Arquitectos who have struck a balance between contemporary and classic in the new build. The forward-thinking design utilises thick concrete supporting walls, which are set into the hills for extra strength, over the two-level design. Crisscrossing the home, vast steel beams have been added for further support to stand up to the considerable elemental forces that crash against this part of Chile’s Pacific coast.
While the engineering utilizes a range of contemporary building techniques, the form of the home harks back to a more rustic era, with its honeycomb wooden structure on the façade both scattering the high winds that whip against it and delivering enviably beautiful traditional timber looks. Viewed from a distance, with winding staircase in sight, there is a bastion effect, the fortified structure sticking out over the Pacific and keeping a lookout on life below.