Mountaineer’s Refuge Chile, San Esteban Building Project, Cabin Design, Architecture Images
Mountaineer’s Refuge San Esteban
Cabin Development in Chile building design by Gonzalo Iturriaga Arquitectos, South America
2 Jan 2018
Mountaineer’s Refuge, San Esteban
Architects: Gonzalo Iturriaga Arquitectos
Location: San Esteban, V región, Chile
The design brief was for a small cabin with a roof, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom – the necessities for resuming the mountain trek begun the day before.
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.
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.
The exterior is finished in pine, metal elements and picture windows that perform both structural and volumetric functions.
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.
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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Mountaineer’s Refuge in San Esteban – Building Information
Architectural firm: Gonzalo Iturriaga Arquitectos
Lead architect: Gonzalo Iturriaga Atala
Project: Refugio para un montañista (Mountaineer’s refuge)
Location: Comuna de San Esteban, V región, Chile
Surface area: 60 sqm
Photographer: Federico Cairoli
Mountaineer’s Refuge in San Esteban images / information received 020118
Location: San Esteban, Chile, South America
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