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EMa Arquitectos’ Pangal Cabin is a Simple Retreat Focused on Nature in Casablanca, Chile

Posted By Andrew Goodwin On November 19, 2012 @ 11:53 am In Architecture,Daylighting,Design,Gallery,Green Building | 1 Comment

EMa Arquitectos, Casablanca, Chile, cabin, one-bedroom, Pangal Cabin, sustainable, Nautilus Constructora, plywood, steel construction, views, daylighting, solar energy, site design [1]

Orlando Etcheberrigaray and Klaus Matuschka of EMa Arquitectos teamed with construction company Nautilus Constructora [2] to design and build an efficient and simple getaway for the clients. The building is constructed on piers and sits gently on the site in order to not disturb the natural flora and fauna of the environment. Actually, the home is planned around an existing Quillaja saponaria [3] tree (Soap Bark Tree), which is native to this area of Chile. The living area and the sleeping areas of the home are oriented around the views of the valley below and incorporates natural lighting and solar energy without losing privacy.

The structure of the cabin is made from steel, which allowed for fast and efficient construction. Tongue and groove jointed wood covers the exterior of the home and a dark tint was applied to create a rich exterior skin. Plywood [4] was treated as well and installed as an interior wall covering. This was a very economic decision in order to install a material that was inexpensive and durable.  The materiality of wood continues throughout the home and onto the deck before it is interrupted by the rectilinear pool that is oriented to match the site. The volumes and simplistic geometry of the home provides a very comfortable environment for the clients as they can focus on the natural surroundings, which are brought in through the glazed northwest walls.

+ EMa Arquitectos [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/ema-arquitectos-pangal-cabin-is-a-simplistic-retreat-focused-on-nature-in-casablanca-chile/pangal-cabin-ema-arquitectos-9/

[2] Nautilus Constructora: http://www.constructoranautilus.cl/

[3] Quillaja saponaria: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quillaja_saponaria

[4] Plywood: http://inhabitat.com/the-outside-outside-outside-house-is-four-mini-houses-under-one-roof/

[5] + EMa Arquitectos: http://www.em-a.cl/

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