The Guardian says that Chile is in the vanguard of efforts to shape a new generation of green consumers in Latin America where rising living standards are increasingly reproducing the consumption habits found in the developed world. Yet survey data also indicates that Chilean society is the most environmentally aware in Latin America. Market research suggests a growing trend among Chilean consumers to make choices on the basis of sustainability.
Chile is one of the longest countries in the world with a coastline of around 6500 km long. Chile has a mild Mediterranean climate where visitors can enjoy warm to hot days and cooler nights in the summer. Maybe this is one of the reasons why it’s easier to have more sustainable houses, because You do not need to think about how to heat the house. Of course, in the south of the Chile.
Take a virtual tour through 4 modern homes that incorporate sustainable building practices into their oceanfront locations in Chile.
Stunning D House was built in 2010 in Mantanzas by design studio Panorama Arquitectos . The spectacular view of the South Pacific Ocean draws residents to the windows, taking full advantage of the home’s site. The first floor includes the living room, dining room and kitchen as well as a small bedroom. Sliding glass doors open out to two sheltered outdoor terraces that offer varied views of the landscape. The master bedroom and bathroom are located upstairs. Located 200 feet above sea level, the home is set at a diagonal to follow the natural sloping topography.
Photo credits – Cristobal Valdes
Mas Fernandez architectos created the holiday home ‘Casa Tunquen’ in Chile. The structure is dedicated to the amazing view which becomes part of the external structure of the house.
The interior partitions are made of white painted pine, a local wood which is familiar to the carpenters. Outside, the house was treated with graphite gray primers that ensure low maintenance over time and that strengthen the form of a container.
A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer. The locally quarried stone makes the house blend in with the landscape and acts as a thermal-mass wall, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it through the evening.The locally quarried stone facade of this beachside home in Chile acts as a thermal-mass wall, absorbing heat during the day that is released through the evening.
Casa Till was designed by architects Felipe Wedeles, Jorge Manieu and Macarena Rabat, of the WMR Architectos firm, for a German-Chilean couple. The location is such that the wooden structure has a breathtaking close-up view of the pacific ocean and the coasts, while at the same time being cocooned out of sight, amongst the cliffs. The house runs on green energy, as it employs solar panels to generate electricity. The innovative and sustainable design of the Till House makes excellent use of the limited available space as well as natural lighting. Settled harmoniously in the cliffed coastal environment, the house offers both privacy and comfort, needed to reconnect with nature.
Photo credits – Sergio Pirrone