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A wine country home with more terrace than house

Designed for a life lived outdoors

Single-story house surrounded by large terrace and pool. Cristóbal Palma

This house in Chile’s wine country is an inverted take on indoor-outdoor living. Alvano y Riquelme Architects designed Casa 14 for a life lived outdoors with an expansive concrete terrace that surrounds the angular house.

“One of the premises when imagining the possible uses of the house was ‘more terraces than interiors,’” Alvano y Riquelme Architects told Dezeen.

A dining area surrounded by glass walls, which open out onto a terrace and wine country views. Cristóbal Palma

The house bends into a geometric expanse of glass, timber, and steel. More than 200 square feet of windows enshrine the modern design, giving its residents unobstructed views of the vineyards.

Inside, the house abides by an open layout—the timber clad kitchen flows into the living room. Only a floating central wall with a fireplace divides the bedroom from the rest of the house.

Open living area connecting to a kitchen and dining area. There’s a large off-white couch, timber ceilings and walls, and expansive glass walls opening up to a wraparound terrace. Cristóbal Palma

Of course, the interior is really just an accoutrement to the exterior where a wraparound terrace leads to a large concrete dining area with built-in features for barbecuing and dining al fresco. A pool bookends the patio, in case the residents needed more of an excuse to pass their time outdoors.

A bedroom is separated from the living room wood-plank wall with a recessed area for TV and decor. Curtains flank glass walls looking to the outdoors. Cristóbal Palma