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MAPA’s Modern Andes Retreat Saves Energy by Drawing on Local Building Techniques
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.
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