Casa Viejo – The roof with a view

Santiago, Chile – Mathias Klotz

Project Year :     2003
Developed Area :     600 m2

Casa Viejo is a family home with a modern vibe. The house is a long rectangular box. One side of its facade is closed off, with circular windows for lighting and ventilation. The other side opens up to the pool with a terrace.

The flat roof of Casa Viejo provides stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
The flat roof of Casa Viejo provides stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

The flat roof is used as a terrace. Offering 360-degree views, this is the perfect spot to enjoy the surrounding landscape. The house is bordered by lush vegetation with the hills of Santiago as its backdrop.

Round skylights add a contemporary vibe to the house.
Round skylights add a contemporary vibe to the house.

This single-story house is made of steel beams and reinforced concrete. Round skylights add to the contemporary vibe of Casa Viejo.

Notes from the Architect:

The Old House is a single family dwelling located in a suburb of Santiago dating from the early 1950’s.

An old house existed on the site but it was demolished. In its place a new building was designed that took advantage of the fine trees in the garden.

The house with its rectangular floor plan of 12 m x 40 m is located at the end of the plot thereby freeing up a broad front area.

The bare contour concrete is textured in different ways to create contrasts between the surfaces.

The program is organized around two corridors, one internal and one external, which proceed from the entrance towards the master bedroom, with common areas at the beginning and more private areas at the end of it.

This is a tranquil building that subtly resolves the constructional and programmatic problem both in the handling of the bare concrete with different textures and the height differences within the spaces relative to their use and proportion.

The roof of the house was transformed into a terrace by benefiting from the change of levels in the decking, thus gaining 360 degree view over the hills surrounding Santiago.

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Here’s another home that made good use of its roof. Its homeowners turned it into a roof garden!



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