Since architecture was in its infancy, the classic pentagonal structure has stood as a timeless silhouette, transcending countless cultures and eras. From barns and sheds to shotgun homes and single-family structures, this enduring five-sided design undeniably remains an architectural staple, though more and more outfits are now experimenting with pushing the boundaries of this classic shape by producing thoroughly modern buildings in the simplistic silhouette, marrying contemporary design with that of yesteryear.
And it’s this design ethos that motivated the team at 2712 / asociados when it penned its “Casa Galpón,” a timeless two-story shed perched on a hilltop overlooking Rapel Lake in central Chile. The barn-style dwelling features a well-appointed second floor with living quarters, while the open first story is comprised of two separate areas divided by an opening that runs through the middle of the building. Built by the Santiago-based firm to celebrate traditional Chilean countryside homes and barns, Casa Galpón sports a wood-clad first story topped off with a second-floor wrapped in corrugated zinc siding — materials that have historically been heavily utilized in the Chilean countryside. Floor and ceiling windows, a large deck, and fire pit area all help to keep one foot firmly planted in the 21st century while at the same time providing breathtaking views of the Chilean countryside and the manmade lake the property looks out on.