Refuge in Malalcahuello

Malalcahuello  Chile  –  mc2 Arquitectos

Built area:     50 m2
Construction materials:     Pine and glass
Year Built:     2013

A wall of glass and the soft hues of natural pine combine to create glowing visual and physical warmth in the midst of snow!

Isolated from but connected with the view and the environment
Isolated from but connected with the view and the environment

Situated in the ski resort area of Corralco, the massive glass wall faces north to capture winter sun and the view to a small waterfall and the cascading creek.

Access to the cabin is via an elevated timber walkway since metres deep snow often makes access otherwise difficult. Dark external walls help absorb warmth while additional windows provide ample summer ventilation.

The northern glass wall captures available sunshine and the view!
The northern glass wall captures available sunshine and the view!

The cabin is designed to blend with the environment while offering a low maintenance getaway.

The use of simple and locally available materials reduces the maintenance requirements of teh cabin.
The use of simple and locally available materials reduces the maintenance requirements of the cabin.

The architect’s notes:

The cabin sits between  Araucarias and Oaks, in an almost pristine forest.  In the access to the ski resort of Corralco, Araucanía Region. Chile.

Intended as a winter retreat with minimum dimensions, as a point of observation of nature. The refuge is a slightly inclined prism, oriented north and looking towards a small waterfall. A large window overlooking north presides. A series of smaller, strategically placed windows, allows ventilation and focus to specific views. Outside is painted in  dark brown, blending with the landscape, trying to disappear. The interior is a single space, generous considering its actual size, clear and warm, bleached pine wood. The place to sleep this resolved in separate attics, content and isolated, thus freeing the first plan  for daytime activities.

An elevated wood path crosses across the forest leading to the cabin, since the accumulation of snow ( up to one meter high)  makes practically impossible to access by natural terrain.

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While here, you might also enjoy viewing Chicken Point Cabin

 

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