patagonian weather shapes residence designed by ignacio correa in chile
 

patagonian weather shapes residence designed by ignacio correa in chile

amidst the characteristic patagonian weather of windy, extensive rainy seasons lies casa maitenes. the residence, designed by chilean architect ignacio correa, is located in the x region of chile in the city of llanquihue. a surrounding lake and volcano provide panoramic views for the oblique-shaped volume. 

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the architect began his design process by analyzing the site and considering the surrounding natural forces. he gathered information on the topography and views, the weather including rain and temperatures, the predominant wind direction and the angles of incidence of the sun at this latitude to inform his project.

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with this, the orientation and location for the house were determined, building it on a hill of maitenes that faces the east, towards its view of neighboring lake llanquihue and calbuco volcano. the angled volume minimizes exposure towards winter rains and stimulates natural ventilation by intercepting the wind path. the oblique design optimizes sunlight exposure as well as encouraging the use of natural light.

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the house’s program is divided in two floors, according to the level of privacy of each space. the first floor, with greater transparency, includes the entrance, the living room and the service spaces. these common areas open towards the east to a patio built around existing trees, and open towards westward mountain views. the second floor hosts the bedrooms causing the volume to become less transparent and more cladded from the exterior.

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materials used for the residence include a mixed structure of dimensioned pine and cypress pillars. these structural elements are completely exposed and on the first floor serve as the support for the glazing. the rest of the facades are clad with painted corrugated metal plates that improve the building’s waterproofing on faces that are the most exposed to wind and rain. the residence responds ideally to its surroundings even if they are as harsh as the patagonia climate. 

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project info:

 

designer: ignacio correa
location: llanquihue, puerto montt, chile
structural engineer: alberto ramírez
constructor: tomás montes and marco arrey
structure: dimensional lumber (southern pine)
built surface: 300m2
year: 2018
photography: aryeh kornfeld

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