Pedro González of Chile’s Verónica Arcos Architects got to play with geometry for the surfaces and shapes of the Dos Pieles House (Two Skins House), a coastal beach home just over 100 miles North of Santiago. The primary purpose was to provide the best natural thermal insulation while still incorporating expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.

The structure is constructed almost entirely of wood with the first inner skin comprising pine, OSB structure walls, and insulating mineral wool with a zinc coating. The facade makes up the second skin and is dark brown dyed pine boards that flow between roof and wall surfaces.

The angles and ventilated facade allow the Dos Pieles House to remain cool even at the height of the summer season. The highest point of the house is 30′ (9m) over the second-floor master bedroom and the lowest is a mere 13′ (4m). This oddly angled home looks as though it is being bent through strange dimensions.

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