Architect Carlos Torres Alcalde / Ruca Proyectos
collaborator Consuelo Alfaro
Photographer Ignacio Santa María
Year 2015
Location Coyhaique – Aysén Region – Chile
Area 114 m2 (1.230 sq ft)
Bedrooms 1 ensuite

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La Quimera House

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The project is a second home in Coyhaique, Chilean Patagonia, located on the River Simpson, on the outskirts of the city, 1.5 km from the city center.

The program includes a large space containing the main living room, open kitchen, 6 bunk beds, one guest bathroom and a suite. The second level contains a wide open floor plan with access to a balcony.

The architecture has its origins in traditional construction of southern Chile, which aims to support a hostile climate in winter, with snow, rain and cold almost all year. For these conditions, and the material to be used, it was decided to raise the house to separate it from the field.

On the other hand, a tight budget coupled with scarce labor and basic technology, led to pose a simple wooden shed design, to build without special construction details, all based on local pine wood, interior finishes in grooved plywood boards and covered with zinc.

The volume is hermetically coated by the same material (zinc plates) towards the access , and opens fully to the views dominating over the river and the Mackay hill with a large terrace deck. The interior is completely built in wood, and the house is suited with a large table that serves as a staircase landing, and as a dining table in the terrace.

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