casa oruga:shipping container home slithers across the andes, sebastian irarrazaval
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responding to the powerful tectonics of the chilean andes, ‘casa oruga’ makes use of modular shipping containers to create habitable volumes that streak the landscape with soaring lines. the configuration allows the external air to run smoothly and easily through the all house and its different parts in order to avoid mechanical cooling.with regard to the former, the strategy to achieve the proposed integration to the territory, consisted in placing the volumes of the house as if they where resting on the slope and allowing the volumes, lets say; to be blended by the slope. as a result of this tide adjustment of the house to the natural ground; there are generated the entrance to the house and the children sleeping rooms having each one an inclined inner space which is both the skylight and the bed place in the room.in relation to the latter; the strategy for improving air movement through the house consisted in organizing the program along stripes and keeping interstitial spaces among them for the circulation of both; the inhabitants and the cool air that comes from the mountains.

 

at the same time, the proposed interstitial spaces increases the house perimeter which allows most of the times to have light and air entering the spaces from at least two opposite sides. as a consequence of this will, windows and doors are aligned along axes that cut the stripes, easing therefore air movement and also creating visual integration construction phases consisted in: firstly; placing the retaining walls to create a horizontal plane to place the public areas of the house. secondly; in mounting the containers and ensemble them on top to place the private areas and thirdly; to wrap the containers with a unitarian material which at the time that integrates the parts also creates a ventilated façade that temperate the interior spaces.the material palette was chosen having in mind not only low cost materials but low maintenance as well. in the election of materials it was also important to analyze their capacity to age well an to incorporate time passing as something that adds value to material. architectonic elements such as windows, doors, and skylights are rationalized and repeated all over the house not just to reduce cost but also in order to create and integrated architectonic peace.

 

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
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casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

 

casa oruga: shipping container home snakes across the andes
casa oruga
image © sergio pirrone

 

project info:

 

 

name of the project : casa oruga /caterpillar house
architect: sebastián irarrázaval delpiano
associated architect: erick caro
client: ricardo bezanilla
location: los trapenses , lo barnechea, santiago de chile
structural engineer: pedro bartolomé
construction: sebastián irarrázaval arquitectos
site supervision: ricardo carril
materials: 5 x 40 “standard shiping containers, 6 x 20 “standard shiping containers and 1 x 40 “ open top shiping container ,  steel plates , concrete retaining walls, and gypsum board , tymber wood
site area: 900 mt2
gross built area: 350 m2