Cristián Berríos Architects is an architectural practice based in Concepción, Chile. They have completed a square shaped apartment, located in San Pedro de la Paz, a commune in Concepción.
The concrete apartment, named CBR, is developed through a very structured plan. As the architects explain “in its geometric center a skylight floods of light both levels crossing the floor of the second level. For this soil, flat steel bars were used, reminiscent of the urban gratings that conceal the installations and an unknown surface of the cities. On this structure, in the center of the dwelling, the experience can be of weightlessness or vertigo, the sensation is tensioned with the skylight that accompanies in concordance.”
This vertical hall allows the light to flow into the house, while also forming the center of the structure. On the lower floor, thanks to the perimeter circulation of the central aisle, the rooms are connected in a circular shape, creating a playful solution to vamp up the simplicity of minimalistic house. The private rooms are placed on the second floor, which one can access from the wooden stairway.
While the base of the house is made out of reinforced concrete material, which gives it a massive, heavy feel, the interior is balanced by brushed boards of pine, lending the inner side of the apartment the sense of warmth and comfort.