In 1953, Pablo Neruda started to build a house in Santiago, for Matilde Urrutia, his secret love in that time. He called the house “La Chascona” in her honor, that was the nickname he gave her due to her abundant red hair. Matilde remembers an afternoon in which they were walking by the neighborhood, that today is called Bellavista, they found a property for sale, at the bottom of the San Cristobal hill. Both of them were filled with enthusiasm and decided to buy it. The construction was handed over to the Catalan architect German Rodriguez Arias. When he saw such a steep terrain, he predict that the inhabitants of the house were condemned to live going up and down the stairs. He projected the building oriented towards the sun, it meant facing the city. But, Neruda wanted the view towards the cordillera, so he turned around the house in the plan. German Rodriguez had to acknowledge the house ended up being more a creation of Neruda than his own.