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The Stoa House

Jaime Inostroza Campos

Architect EAUV

M.Arch The school of architecture at Taliesin

Current Student Ph.D. “Architecture Project” UPC_ ETSAB, Barcelona

Academic teacher School of architecture UCT, Temuco Chile


Topography, climate and nature as mentioned by Frank Lloyd Wright in his book, The Future of Architecture (1953) has always been a key element in architecture to be able to shape a way of living in relation to a place. The Stoa in the ancient Greek, was a long corridor next to the Agora form Atenas.

Located in the south of Chile in the Araucanía region, the Stoa house seeks to take care of these principles in architecture and be part of the site.

A soft hill forms the topography of the place. Therefore, the house perches in a subtle way and touches the ground like an aerial pavilion, trying to do the least damage to the terrain. The main access is given by a bridge, which builds the architectural procession. This demarcates the time and the light to inhabit the existing nature, becoming the bridge an element in the construction of the landscape that measures the nature of the place in the south of the world in this region of Chile.

Due to the existing climate in the south of Chile, a large roof is projected to protect itself from the rain and as a large hat it builds the shadow of the volume of the house, being the new horizon for the place.

Like a large suspended beam, the house seeks to work with wood as a tectonic element, leaving the facades as glimpses in order to frame the original light, the light of the landscape.


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