A detached 1967 house in Vitacura, built in the middle of the site. In these areas of Santiago, house renovation to contemporary standards are often seeing. Our clients wanted to maintain the same house spirit with it’s wooden floor, sloped roof and window openings. So the house was full renovated including new roof and wall insulation, double glazing, standing seam roof and new heating.

Project Name: Bernarda House
Studio Name: VALDESHAGEMANN Architects
Design Team: Nicolás Valdés Constanza hagemann

Area: 168sqm
Year:  2014
Location: Santiago, Chile
Photography Credits: José Luis Rissetti, Cristobal Valdés

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On the other hand, they wanted to have a open kitchen floor plan, and minimizing circulation. They are a family of 5 with 3 small kids, so a family room was essential.

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As the house was originally placed as a detached house in the middle of the site, we extended the interior to the site limits to the sides and as a result 3 patios were formed. There is a front yard, open to the street with an outdoor terrace, then a back patio that gives light, air circulation and a vegetable garden next to kitchen and dinning, and the third  patio is the bedroom´s patio that gives light and air circulation and a view to a sbeautiful garden.

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©José Luis Rissetti, Cristobal Valdés

During renovation, the ceiling sofit had to be replaced but then we decided to leav the wooden beams and a 4,0m height that  connects all the leaving spaces.


VALDESHAGEMANN was formed in 2009 by architects Constanza Hagemann (1979) and Nicolás Valdés (1976) in Santiago de Chile, after a period of work on large-scale projects (Nicolás at Kohn Pedersen Fox) and postgraduate studies (Constanza at the AA’s DRL) in London, UK.

To date, they have developed small and medium-sized projects that cover both residential, real estate, industrial, and competitions.

In relation to their work, VALDESHAGEMANN approache is from the contextual and particular analysis of each assignment, using design alternatives according to the problem that arises in each situation.

The project is not understood in VALDEHAGEMANN only in the particularities of the context, but as proposals with the capacity to discover new opportunities in it.

The story of each project is built through a constant dialogue between the interior (the space itself) and the exterior (the environment). Due to this duality, the projects does not have a pre-design defined in advance, but is transformed and modified throughout its process.


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