Laminated wood as main structural material of the TH house located on a 5000 sqm plot near Santiago de Chile

Architects: SUN arquitectos
Location: Chicureo, Colina, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Year: 2015
Area: 3.832 ft²/ 356 m²
Photo courtesy: Nico Saieh , SUN arquitectos
Description:

“TH house is located at a 5000 sqm plot in Chicureo, close to Santiago de Chile. The house is designed by requires of use of laminated wood as the main structural material.

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The plan is organized in 356 sqm, distributed on the ground floor, located so as to conquer a large portion of land in a place with minimum slope, without any presence of trees. The house is divided into two main volumes – service and rooms – connected by a higher central space where the lobby and the living room is located.

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The house is built on a plot of agricultural origin with expansive clay, so the foundations are pulled back under a cantilevered slab of 1.5 meters to protect them. A system of pillars of laminated wood with a width of 56 x 13 cm is placed onto the reinforced concrete slab, arranged in opposite directions, braces and supports the large laminated wood beams of 1 meter high and 30 meters long. These beams are arranged in such a way to balance cantilevers over 5 meters at its ends.

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The roofing is constructed by a series of laminated wood beams spaced apart one meter each, the inclined height is taken depending on the interior spaces, incorporating a series of skylights that provide natural light.

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The walls are all wood structure with tongue and groove and painted wood siding by both side, with a series of high standard heat insulation, preventing thermal bridges. The exterior walls are built of 20 cm thickness.”

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