In the remote Chilean town of Villa O’Higgins, the Robinson Crusoe Deep Patagonia Lodge offers a warm and inviting retreat for enthusiastic explorers vacationing in Patagonia. This 540 square meter lodge by Cooprogetti Arquitectos was designed and constructed to adapt to rough climatic conditions through the use of pre-manufactured materials. The environmentally sensitive Patagonia Lodge was constructed with minimal construction waste, and its design considers the region's vernacular architecture.
The Robinson Crusoe Deep Patagonia Lodge is located in the Aysén Region of Southern Chile at the end of the Austral Way. This lodge is set at the departure point for the main access route to the “Southern Patagonia Field” plateau, and has helped the tiny district to grow through tourism. The mystical Crusoe-like design of the lodge is largely inspired by traditional Patagonian barns and ranches. The buildings are oriented on the site in order to provide protection from winds, rain and snow, an arrangement that once helped settlers protect themselves while staying respecting of the surrounding lands.
In an effort to keep the buildings energy efficient and sustainable, the design incorporated low electric heaters instead of dealing with burning firewood or importing costly fuel from over 200 kilometers away. These techniques even helped to minimize the effect that typical construction can have on local forests throughout the region. The prefabricated components of the lodge were pre-assembled using sustainable methods, and then shipped to the site during the short period of time that Mother Nature allowed for construction.
The detailed planning of construction was well worth it though. The beautiful wood-soaked interiors of the lodge contrast the dark-colored exterior. Taking cues from local designs and incorporating local rugs, blankets and bedding, the simple elegance of the lodge is enough to bring any traveler this far south.