Sebastian Irarrazaval- Pedro Lira House

lira (9).jpg

I was delighted to hear that one of my favourite architects and designers Sebastian Irarrazaval has been awarded for his ‘Pedro Lira House’ and will also feature in the just published Phaidon atlas of the 21st century World Architecture  -
Check it out!

lira (7).jpg

The Architect : SEBASTIAN IRARRAZAVAL ARCHITECTS are based in Santiago de Chile. Their Projects range from single family housing to office buildings and hotels. Their approach to architectural design combines theory and practice. As a result, innovative and well crafted results are expected for every commission. As a commitment to this approach, every member of the team shares professional practice with university teaching.

From Irarrazaval blog:

The Project: The contemporary designed PEDRO LIRA HOUSE in Santiago, Chile.

The use of materials in this building is amazing it’s like the  architects have fused common building materials (concrete, timber and glass) in such a way that create a harmony in the building. The textured concrete walls and structural members together with the timber floorboards go well together –  The use of concrete suggests a feeling of mass and permanence whilst the floor boards give a sense of warmth and remind us that the building is still a home.


The house is also well lit – by light wells that remind of portholes protruding from the ceiling through to the roof, linking in and out. The warm lighting again reinforces this sense of harmony and homeliness.

You are lead from ground to floor to mezzanine to roof through the use of long ramps and staircases, the use of such long ramps highlights the elongated form of the house and other than the obvious use of access, provides its own visual input that a normal scaled ramp or staircase just could not provide.


lira (6).jpg

I love the  courtyard – I think the off-centre single tree in a perfectly rectilinear patch of grass compliments the house well. Both minimalist, both modern and contemporary. There appears to be no difference in height between inside and out and the decking used outside mirrors the floorboard in. The mezzanine level is also continued from in to out. In this shot you can see the retaining wall runs through the glass into the house, and the 2nd patch of grass is also levelled with mezzanine.

lira (10).jpg

The high triangular prisms jutting from the roof are also well placed, preventing the home from becoming a flat and rectangular shape. They obviously serve to let natural filter through and bounced off the interior walls, lighting the building well.

This is one of my favourite homes, i could really see myself living comfortably here. (I’m sure many could!)

Here’s hoping i can visit one day.

Check out the other amazing work of Sebastian Irarrazaval at



and make sure you check out ‘House in Las Palmas’ another great project by the talented team.


  1. gamze says:

    I liked the balance between the masses: the concrete ramp, large ceiling portholes and the diagonal columns are subdued by the elegant glass door, metal framing and slim timber floorboards.

    It’s interesting how the house has no ornamentation yet one can focus on a particular element and sense its impact in the overall design; concentrating on the characteristics of the materials used and its presence in space. Thus I find it appropriate to re-quote one of my favourite quotes once said by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe that yet in fact, “less is more.”

    I wonder whether the retaining wall was an inspiration from the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies Van Der Rohe where the architect also extrudes the external wall into internal space.

  2. Concrete, Timber and Light, Sebastian Irarrazaval- Pedro Lira House –

  3. Thanks designed for sharing such a good idea, paragraph is pleasant, thats why i
    have read it entirely

  4. Howdy! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my old
    room mate! He always kept talking about this.
    I will forward this page to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read.

    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Quality content is the important to invite the viewers to pay a visit the
    web page, that’s what this site is providing.

  6. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I’m quite sure I
    will learn plenty of new stuff right here! Good luck for the

  7. Hi, I wish for to subscribe for this website to obtain newest updates, therefore where can i
    do it please assist.

  8. Fine way of describing, and nice piece of writing to get
    information about my presentation subject, which i am
    going to deliver in university.

  9. Its such as you learn my mind! You seem to understand a lot approximately this, like you wrote the
    book in it or something. I feel that you could do with some % to
    pressure the message house a bit, however instead of
    that, this is excellent blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

  10. Jorg says:

    Thank you, I have just been looking for information approximately
    this subject for a long time and yours is the best I have discovered till now.
    But, what concerning the bottom line? Are you certain concerning
    the supply?

  11. I like looking through an article that can make people think.
    Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!

  12. This site was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve
    found something which helped me. Kudos!

  13. Wow, superb blog layout! How lengthy have you ever
    been blogging for? you make blogging look easy.

    The total glance of your website is excellent, as well as the content!

  14. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it.
    Look advanced to far added agreeable from you! However, how
    can we communicate?

  15. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!
    Extremely helpful info specifically the last part :) I care for such information a lot.
    I was looking for this particular information for a very long
    time. Thank you and good luck.

  16. I simply want to say I am new to weblog and absolutely loved this web blog. Very likely I’m likely to bookmark your website . You definitely come with awesome stories. Many thanks for sharing with us your web site.

  17. I was actually a little bit of stressed to find just how it was actually packaged yet it simply took few seconds to obtain to dimension and also is very comfy. I would get this bed once again.

  18. Tama on arvokas sisalto! :-)

  19. Very interesting information!Perfect just what I was searching for!

  20. MetroClick specializes in building completely interactive products like Photo Booth for rental or sale, Touch Screen Kiosks, Large Touch Screen Displays , Monitors, Digital Signages and experiences. With our own hardware production facility and in-house software development teams, we are able to achieve the highest level of customization and versatility for Photo Booths, Touch Screen Kiosks, Touch Screen Monitors and Digital Signage. Visit MetroClick at or , 121 Varick St, New York, NY 10013, +1 646-843-0888

  21. Faytech North America is a touch screen Manufacturer of both monitors and pcs. They specialize in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of Capacitive touch screen, Resistive touch screen, Industrial touch screen, IP65 touch screen, touchscreen monitors and integrated touchscreen PCs. Contact them at, 121 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, +1 646 205 3214

  22. holz polen says:

    I will right away snatch your rss feed as I can not find your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me realize so that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

  23. Read this says:

    Very entertaining information you’ll have stated, thanks a lot for writing.

  24. I simply hope to notify you that I am new to wordpress blogging and very much enjoyed your information. More than likely I am most likely to store your blog post . You literally have superb article materials. Value it for telling with us all of your web write-up

  25. link says: is a site with many hypnosis downloads. Whether you are looking for free hypnosis downloads, self hypnosis download for mp3, video and any audio files, Michael Jemery has the downloads for you. You can download hypnosis from apps, audio, mp3 and even youtube !

  26. Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I’ll appreciate if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  27. Howdy would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a honest price? Thanks, I appreciate it!

  28. But a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw outstanding pattern .

  29. I have recently started a web site, the info you provide on this web site has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work.

  30. I was recommended this web site by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. You’re incredible! Thanks!

  31. Great – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related information ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Excellent task.

  32. You are my inhalation , I have few web logs and rarely run out from to brand.

  33. Metallzäune says:

    Some truly wonderful posts on this site, thankyou for contribution.

  34. Some truly prize posts on this web site , bookmarked .

  35. It’s in reality a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m happy that you shared this useful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  36. Podatki says:

    F*ckin’ tremendous things here. I’m very happy to peer your post. Thank you so much and i am looking ahead to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail?

  37. N Na Karte says:

    Perfectly written subject material, regards for entropy. “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” by Michel de Montaigne.

  38. Hi my loved one! I want to say that this post is awesome, nice written and come with almost all vital infos. I would like to see more posts like this.

  39. Nc+ Pakiety says:

    Just a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw outstanding layout. “Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.” by Daniel Defoe.

  40. But a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding design and style. “Make the most of your regrets… . To regret deeply is to live afresh.” by Henry David Thoreau.

  41. Kombajn says:

    I dugg some of you post as I cerebrated they were extremely helpful handy

  42. I used to be able to find good info from your content.

  43. Mikel Wern says:

    Thanks, I have recently been searching for information about this topic for a long time and yours is the greatest I’ve found out till now. However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you positive concerning the supply?

  44. Myron says:

    Wonderful beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website, how can i subscribe for a weblog website?
    The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit
    acquainted of this your broadcast offered vibrant transparent idea

  45. Dunia usaha yg saat luas semestinya dapat bikin banyak ada pilihan serta pada akhirnya jadikan bisnisman kebingungan dibuatnya. Jadi supaya tdk diombang-ambing dengan banyak ada pilihan serta tawaran juga beraneka langkah menggerakkan usaha yg ada, bisnisman butuh membuat suatu business planning atau ide serta rancangan usaha. Karenanya ada ide usaha ini Anda semakin tambah konsentrasi serta terukur dalam tentukan tipe usaha, modal, trick usaha juga tipe pemasaran yg dapat Anda pakai.

  46. I have been checking out some of your articles and i must say pretty nice stuff. I will surely bookmark your site.

RSS feed for comments on this post. /

Leave a Reply

Rex The Stray – underground dog comic

Rex The Stray, an underground comic about a deviant runaway dog styled by illustrator Christian Herr and writer Lee Noble.

And Drunk Dial Rex, on YouTube:

Illustrator Marylou Farue

Work from Marylou Faure, an illustrator living in London.

more at

Illustrator Joel Mackenzie Details »

Captain Feline – Blending Pop Culture with Cats


Captain Feline employs anthropomorphism to blend pop culture with cats. The results are a collection of fun t-shirts and limited edition art prints – purr-fect for displaying a combined love of cats and cult movie characters! Whilst the debut t-shirt illustrations by Dave are inspired by cult and classic movie characters, the team plan to increase the range to feature other pop culture icons as they grow and expand. Details »






Insekta is a collection designed by Italian studio Kreativehouse. Details »

Neon Nature – Louise McNaught

Wild-times-Sacrylic-spray-paint-and-pencil-on-linen-600x60x4cm-092012 (1)

Louise McNaught is a contemporary artist whom mixes painting and illustration. Details »

Mountain Daily – Daily Portrait

copilatie_01 (1)


Driven by destiny and under the heavy influence of cartoon madness, two illustration students from the Netherlands decided to team up and start a mission. The goal is to make one cartoon face every weekday, until the result is one big epic cartoon collection which reaches to INTFINITY! Details »

Illustration Lover


Some work by Ana Sofia an artist originally from Portugal currently living in New York. Details »

A unique CD package – Wandering Pleiades


Pleiades is a Greek-speaking folk polyphonic singing female group. The group was founded in May 2006 in Thessaloniki, in order to contribute to the diffusion of the Greek-speaking folk polyphonic singing.

Kostas Bartsokas designed their first album “Wandering Pleiades”. The cd package is designed from a single cut craft stock without the use of any glue or plastic parts. It was printed with pantone black and white. The package is inspired by their clean – vocal only – music and reflects an earthly and clean tone which is emphasized by the stock color and feel. The six Pleiades sit underneath the bridge and sing their songs. The artwork references the old bridges of Epirus and some traditional patterns of Epirotic knit ware.
Details »

Noddy Boffin

Map/Plan Drawers

I’ve recently started a woodworking/furniture making course. Although my mortise and tenon joins would make any accomplished woodworker cringe, I’m lucky enough to have an expert teacher, Elliot Gorham. Here’s a small sample of work via his site Noddy Boffin

Details »

OneByNine – Hong Kong apartment interiors

Lukas from OneByNine studio in Hong Kong was kind enough to let me know about their latest interior design project. The project has been dubbed the ‘invader apartment’.

Details »

KISSTHEDESIGN by A3 collectif


Branding and identity for post war furniture and contemporary art gallery, KISSTHEDESIGN by A3 Collectif

Details »