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Chile House

Situated at the edge of a forested hill in the center of Penco, Chile, the pavilion emerges as a monolithic bunker within the landscape overlooking the coast. Appearing as a singular mass from the exterior, the building is formed by two identical curved volumes hinged together at a single point. One volume is oriented towards the sky the other to the ocean. Entry to the main building occurs at the hinge point, where the curve of the exterior courtyard walls meets the curved walls of the interior gallery. The functional programs consisting of offices, storage, and bathrooms exist in the negative space between the two main volumes and the exterior façade which unites the building into a singular mass. The elliptical volumes of the courtyard and gallery thereby remain untouched, maintaining a pure procession from the entry to the view.


Ilustre Municipalidad de Penco


Penco, CL



Site Area

2,576 sq meters

Floor Area

243 sq meters


Sharon Johnston, Mark Lee

Project Team

Lindsay Erickson, Karl Wruck, David Gray

Executive Architect

Pezo von Ellrichshausen


  • P/A Award
    Architect Magazine
    February 2012

  • Next LA Honor Award
    A.I.A. Los Angeles
    October 2011

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