Casa Poli

​by Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen)
Poli House stands on the edge of a cliff on the Coliumo peninsula. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and tremendous winds, the place is idyllic to contemplate the strength and beauty of nature. The house has been regarded as a podium to enhance the particular sensation offered by the site. The simple cubic shape of the house appears at the same time monumental and small in comparison with the surrounding landscape. The twenty identical windows punctuating the façades hint at the interior's complexity. The house owes its name from the greek root poly, which means "many" or "much", in relation to the duality of its programmme. Functioning both as a summer house and as a cultural centre, the project had to delal with contradictory aspects, allowing for both intimate ad public uses. To address this particular issue, Mauricio Pezo and Sofía von Ellrichshausen designed functionless spaces surrounded by a double-layered concrete shell. All service functions - such as kitchens, bathrooms, closets, and vertical ciruclations - are hidden in between the two layers of this perimeter structure, freeing up the inner space. All windows have been set back from the outer limit to use the in-between space as protection from sun and wind, and also to create balconies. These 2m by 2m windows frame the views and project them inside.
Source: extract from Architectural Guide Chile by Véronique Hours/Fabien Mauduit - Dom Publishers 2016 ISBN 978-3-86922-394-0