MAPA‘s MR House is perched on steep terrain at El Buchén, on the Chilean side of the Andes Mountains. It was constructed from steel, local timber, and salvaged wood and glass in a forest clearing. The architects took care to respect existing ancient trees, which define the home’s volume. The project was inspired by local construction methods, and it consists of a large sturdy shelter with different smaller spaces inside.
Underneath the M-shaped roof are three distinctive areas with their own temperature zones, including a vestibule that mediates the interior-exterior space and doubles as a terrace in the summer. The bright and open common area takes up half of the building and serves as a kitchen/living/dining room. The coziest areas are the bedrooms and bathrooms, which are located in the two smaller sheds inside the building.
Photos by MAPA