A Minimalist Seaside Home, With Built-In Wind Protection
From Fast Company
January 29, 2013 - 2:45pm
The unique shape of Casa W provides the residence with two courtyards protected from whipping sandstorms. There are lots of obvious perks to living directly on the coast: an amazing vista stretched out as far as the eye can see, fresh sea air forever blowing over the crashing waves, the incredible ability to enter directly into Nature simply by stepping out the front door. The unceasing elements, however, can really take a toll on structures built on the shore. In Huentelauquén, Chile, 01ARQ designed Casa W, a home that manages to take advantage of the locale while still protecting against the elements. In order to maximize the expansive, unbroken views, floor-to-ceiling double-glazed windows line the entirety of the sea-facing side of the house. As an added bonus, the framed panes are set on tracks that allow them to slide open and let the breeze blow through--not a bad fea...
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