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Nestled into a high cliff, this home seems to branch out over the ocean below

From the main bedroom you’re able to see the ocean extending out below

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Architect: Cañas Arquictectos


Perched on the edge of 40 meter high cliff looking out towards the ocean horizon and mainland to the southeast, sits House Cocobolo.

It is beside this forest that you approach the house from the north, from which the view to the oceanic horizon is seen only partially through the vegetation and landscape.

You arrive a meter or so above the site, and descend into the niche between a hill and the forest into which the house is placed. Walking down wide fingered steps that grope into the ground you arrive at the entrance which is marked by a roughly textured concrete roof. The main door opens into a small hallway of double height. In front a low wall giving intimacy to the arrival and privacy to the rest of the house.

To the right – a hanging solid wooden staircase above a river stone garden that extends beyond the glass wall behind to the surrounding garden.

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To the left a weathering metal volume in the ceiling extends into the hallway and beckons in.

Beyond and down a few roughly textured concrete steps, you see the tall spaced living room whose floor extends out through frameless glass doors into a high terrace beyond.

As you approach these stairs you ultimately arrive underneath the Cor-ten volume, which turns out to be a long meter wide line of the same metal that extends out toward the ocean, across and above the built-in concrete dining table, the terrace and Cocobolo tree beyond and then juts out over the cliff like a metal finger pointing to the horizon. This is the floor of the balcony that extends from the main bedroom above.

Beside the dining space is the kitchen, both open to a wide wooden terrace which has a water mirror at the edge of the cliff which also reflects the ocean.

As you climb down into the living room, you see to the left, a forest, to the right and front- the ocean.

When you reach the terrace, you see that it has a double and a half height, and placed around this space, one on the terrace itself, and the other in the ground towards the forest, are two thin, high round white columns which hold up the large overhanging eaves of the roof. From here you see the finger balcony and cocobolo tree to the above right.

Atop the living room, is the main bedroom. It is from this bedroom that the finger balcony extends out. As you open the door to the main bedroom, you see another, smaller and longer weathering steel wall, at handrail height, that starts immediately on your right, and continues outward with the wooden floor, along the length of the bedroom, through the glass door, and turns into the finger balcony.

First published date: 20 April 2017

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