The Zaguan House is the quintessential family abode, a sprawling country home that complements the foothills of Cunco, Chile. Architectural firms Estudio FES Arquitectos and Edwards Vial Architects made sure that every aspect of the 228 sq.m. home evokes a sense of simplistic permanence — a peaceful family sanctuary in touch with the surrounding land.
Located on top of the hill, the rectangular floor area houses two connected living spaces — a permanent home for the family, and another for guests, both under a single roof. The house’s orientation makes sure that both houses receive ample sunlight as it crosses from east to west, and several skylights take full advantage of this, bathing the interior in natural light.
Local cypress wood makes up the north-facing facade, while the roof and back area is covered with filled zinc due to humidity. Inside, radiata pine with a thinned white paint finish glows with the sunlight, making the common areas look more spacious and welcoming.
Wood furniture and a vintage fireplace round out the country feel that dominates the Zaguan House, making it feel like, in the simplest terms, a permanent place to hang your hat.
Photography © Fernando Fernández / Jose Tomas Schmidt for Estudio FES Arquitectos / Edwards Vial Architects