DRAA nestles charred timber 'cabin shangrila' in the woodlands of chile
 

DRAA nestles charred timber 'cabin shangrila' in the woodlands of chile

chile-based studio DRAA, together with architect magdalena besomi, construct cabin shangrila as the first of a series of elevated mountain cabins designed to populate a tall native woodland. centuries old trees can be found on the site in chile’s nevados de chillán which is bordered by a 100-meter vertical basalt face and a stream. the soil is rich in biodiversity as large fallen trees nearby support new life. during the wintertime, the canopy overhead thins allowing more light and thick snow to penetrate.

DRAA cabin shangrila
image by felipe camus

 

 

inspired by these trees, DRAA designed cabin shangrila to lift upwards in the search for light. the structure is buttressed on a thin concrete platform, minimizing the impact on the ground. the platform presents oblique and opposing angles, detaching from the sturdy and the predictable. this base is elevated nearly ten feet above ground where a light, prefabricated system of structurally insulated panelling is installed. in the cabin’s interior, the circulation continues upwards with sectional shifts that categorize each space and nook. the program progresses from the airlock entrance, bedroom and bath, kitchenette and ultimately a sitting room with a massive glazed wall facing north just above the canopy.

DRAA cabin shangrila
image by felipe camus

 

 

the owners themselves directed the construction of the project, working as a family onsite together with a local team. the owners input included such tasks as assembling metal stairs and railings, installing the integrated furniture and charring wood planks. while the interior is lined with timber planks from locally fallen trees, the exterior is clad with pine planks charred along the yakisugi method of wood preservation. cabin shangrila is a collaborative project that marries bold geometry with material simplicity and respect for nature.

DRAA cabin shangrila
image by felipe camus

DRAA cabin shangrila
image by felipe camus

DRAA cabin shangrila
image by felipe camus

DRAA cabin shangrila
image by magdalena besomi

DRAA cabin shangrila
image by magdalena besomi

DRAA cabin shangrila
image by magdalena besomi

DRAA cabin shangrila
image by magdalena besomi

 

 

project info:

 

architects: DRAA (del rio arquitectos asociados) + magdalena besomi

design team: nicolas del rio, felipe camus, magdalena besomi

construction area: 45m2.

site area: 2.5 acres

location: las trancas, nevados de chillán, chile

project year: 2016

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