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The Reutter House by architect Mathias Klotz is a summer house designed to take advantage of spectacular views of Cachagua Beach, outside Santiago in Chile. Conceived as a 'house in the trees', it consists of two linked rectangular steel-framed boxes perched among a cluster of pines on a site which slopes down to the sea Living spaces open onto the lower deck, while the entire roof is one large terrace overlooking the ocean.

A reinforcedconcrete basement supports the concrete floor and the two steel-framed boxes so that the living quarters 'float' among the trees.

Access from the street is by a 30m-long bridge which cuts through the pine trees and leads to the rooftop terrace, while the lower bridge links the living level to the site.

A steel staircase links the two external decks.A screen of timber louvres gives the glass facade protection from sunlight, and makes the elevations more in keeping with the surrounding forest.

The generous covered balcony is partially enclosed providing privacy from the houses on either side.

Three swings provide the perfect spot from which to enjoy the ocean view.

The main living space is contained within the larger, timber-clad box. . .

. . . which opens onto the smaller copperclad box containing the private rooms.

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