area 145 | underground

architect: Felipe Assadi Arquitectos

location: Los Vilos, Chile

year: 2014

photo by Fernando Alda

Along one side of the house in Bahia Azul a painting workshop has been created, a small enclosure which from the entrance appears as an extension of the terrain, and from the heights is configured as something embedded into the hill. The space, defined as an extrusion of an opening, acts as mediator between the sea and a small internal garden, preceded by an entrance via a narrow staircase carved into the rock, which allows those who access it feel pleasantly isolated. It is a small retreat from the rest of the buildings located in this site, with a wall lit appropriately by indirect light from above, perfect for painting.