Small Mountain Cabin in San Esteban, Chile / Gonzalo Iturriaga Arquitectos

Small Mountain Cabin in San Esteban, Chile, Gonzalo Iturriaga Arquitectos

Architects: Gonzalo Iturriaga Arquitectos
Project: Small Mountain Cabin
Lead architect: Gonzalo Iturriaga Atala
Area: 60 m2
Location: San Esteban, V región, Chile
Photography: Federico Cairoli

The design brief was for a small mountain cabin with a roof, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom – the necessities for resuming the mountain trek begun the day before.

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The proposal involved building, through planes and angles, a structure that provides an entrance through its folds and exterior views through its cuts. Built around a central core of services, the exterior shape and interior volume are defined by the folds.

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At one end of the cabin is the bedroom, along with a storage room for mountaineering equipment. The other end features a sitting area where the nearby mountain draws the eye toward the panoramic view.

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The exterior is finished in pine, metal elements and picture windows that perform both structural and volumetric functions.

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The cabin rests on piles, making it a self-contained object suspended above the ground. The building is ventilated on all sides; the updraft from the mountain provides airflow through a series of dedicated openings.

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This is the point of arrival and departure for the mountaineer’s treks. It is not just a lookout and a shelter, but a special place for contemplation and relaxation. It is a true refuge.

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