situated on the chilean andes, in the comuna de san esteban, ‘mountaineer’s refuge’ by gonzalo iturriaga arquitectos is a small wooden cabin with a folded roof. designed as a point of arrival and departure for the mountaineer’s trek, the structure rests on piles, making it a self contained object suspended above the ground that results in a special place for contemplation and relaxation.

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the mountaineer’s refuge by gonzalo iturriaga arquitectos rests on the chilean andes
all images by federico cairoli

 

 

in order to create a relationship between the cabin and the landscape, gonzalo iturriaga arquitectos proposed a building that features a roof that uses folded planes and angles to create the entrance and exterior views. comprised of a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, the house also has a storage room for the mountaineering equipment and a sitting area that draws the eye towards the panoramic view.

 

ventilated on all sides, the ‘mountaineer’s refuge’ is the perfect place for hikers to start and end their hiking day.

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the wooden cabin features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow spectacular views

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a single lane pool is the perfect place for hikers to relax after a day in the mountains

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the folded roof has cuts that allow for light and ventailation

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triangle-shaped entrance

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the geometry of the house results in spaces to relax

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glass side of the cabin

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the house has a total surface area of 60 square meters

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the andes reflected on the glass connect the interior with the exterior

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inside, wooden details maintain the house warm

 

 

project info:

 

architectural firm: gonzalo iturriaga arquitectos
lead architect: gonzalo iturriaga atala
project: refugio para un montañista (mountaineer’s refuge)
year: 2015-16
location: comuna de san esteban, v región, chile
surface area: 60 m2

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