Built on a sloping site overlooking the Chilean capital of Santiago, Casa Boher (aka Casa Lo Curro) straddles an irrigation canal which flows under its raised central corridor. The remarkable residence was designed by S3 Schmidt Arquitectos and is nestled amongst dense eucaplyptus trees on a Lo Curro hillside.
This video by esteemed Chilean architect, photographer and filmmaker Pablo Casals-Aguirre offers a unique insight into Casa La Curro. It documents how the inhabitants make use the space through a series of carefully selected viewpoints, while revealing the extent of the multifaceted dwelling and its surrounding forest site.
S3 Schmidt Arquitectos certainly made a point of incorporating the surrounding natural elements within Casa Boher – from the use of floor-to-ceiling windows and natural stone exteriors, to the zero-edge swimming pool which mimics the tiered canal waterfall that flows under the house.
Casa Boher transcends the standardised architectural styles, blending a traditional composition with modern structural elements; natural stone and wood with glass and concrete.
The central corridor, which spans the length of Casa Boher, makes extensive use of frameless floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the extraordinary natural environment that surrounds the house. The heights of these windows relative to the ground vary greatly despite Casa Lo Curro being largely single levelled. This is due to the sloping hill site, and at times these transparent ‘walls’ overlook the poolside area from a heights of several metres.
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