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Architecture June, 14 2014

El Viento House by Otto Medem de la Torriente

For some buildings, an obscure, angular design is little more than an attention-grabbing statement. But, when you live on top of a mountain, the more angles you can offer, the more vantage points you have to enjoy the view. From the outside, the El Viento House by Otto Medem de la Torriente looks rather like a series of white building blocks laid irregularly on top of one another. It’s minimalist, sure, but it doesn’t follow the same ordered approach as, say, the art deco or Bauhaus periods. But when you take a minute to appreciate that one face of each of these irregular cuboids is a window, and that each one leads to a different area of rooftop, balcony, garden or terrace, you start to appreciate exactly what this design can offer the inhabitants…

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