An enviable vacation home guarantees a relaxation sojourn for all ages.
Vacation homes are usually built for people who need to leave the busy mundane routine and head out to spend a couple of stress-free days to unwind. Families with people of varied ages tend to sometimes deal with friction among each other due to conflict of interests when on break. One family decided not to sacrifice any of their downtime and hired a brilliant team of architects to follow through with their dream vacation home somewhere along the exotic lush locales of Chile.
The Split House, as the name suggests, is a 270 sq. mt. vacation home set on the edge of Chile’s Lake Rupanco that is ‘split’ into separate volumes for adults and children. The house is angled in structures that are situated in such a way that ensures that both have views of the lake and volcano Osomo. Wanting neither the ‘adult’ nor the ‘youth’ sections to give up on the stunning locales, utmost care has been taken to ensure that both have equally unadulterated and uncompromised views of the rich natural surroundings. If there was ever a dream vacation home that one could want, this is it.
Architects Gabriel Rudolphy and Ian Hsu of studio Hsu-Rudolphy have proposed the geometry of this house craftily creating an airy living space by building minimal walls, still managing to keep the structure homey and convivial.
The dramatically sloped roof lines extend out over floor-to-ceiling windows that give each space lots of natural light and views of the surrounding area. Living spaces flow right outside to the large decks. Furthermore all the facades are in steel and glass giving uninterrupted views and a communion of sort from the inside to the lush green landscape outside.
Minimal in its approach, the ceilings and walls are all adorned with wood to further add warmth to this otherwise modern home. Since the area where the Split House is located is difficult to access, it was decided that they would work with a local workforce with a known construction system. The structure is wooden, standing 2×4 rights, and 2×8 beams. Punctual steel beams were used to solve the larger light access.
Remarkably privately located with expansive views of its surroundings, this outstanding work of architecture not only satisfies the clients’ every need but also visually brings delight to any appreciative eye.
Text by Neerja Kapadia