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Outside are hot tubs made from the hollows of tree stumps.
Outside are hot tubs made from the hollows of tree stumps.

The Lodge sits on a diverse forest region in northern Patagonia and is a base camp at the Hulio Hulio preserve for ecotourists looking to spot a puma or explore the local waterfalls. The hotel is cone shaped with dormer windows peaking out of its vegetated and stone façade. A water spot on top pours over the roof, drenching the plants and anyone at the base of the building. The playful design is intended to evoke an ancient legend that speaks of a magic mountain in the area that grants wishes.

If you don’t get your wish fulfilled, at least there is a bar, a restaurant, and a sauna inside. Outside, there are hot tubs made from the hollows of tree stumps. The lodge is designed using local building materials and labor and all the wood was carefully harvested locally as well.

The reserve is a privately held 600 square kilometer park dedicated to the preservation of the region’s biodiversity and fauna. The surrounding land, located on the northern edge of Patagonia right in the center of Chile sees all four seasons and is a very wet region. The rich diversity of land types and the relatively undeveloped region is a huge draw for international tourists seeking to see one of the wildest places left on the planet.

+ Magic Mountain Lodge


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  1. Frani February 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    What a fun for a get away, it’s absolutely enchanting. Wish I could go tomorrow. Hats off to the designers and owners.

  2. terryberry January 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I think it looks cool. I’ve stayed at eco friendly places and its so nice to get away from the rat race. They always make it very comfortable for you. It’s more than just a vacation it’s like adventure I love the idea. If you can’t relate to this then just go to a hilton like everyone else.

  3. TheLastEgg October 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    It’s quite a convincing work when having a bottom-to-top look at the exterior. Yet the top spring/fountain source/mechanism is crushingly not fitting the body – it’s too much of a technologically finished product. Inside you very fast get the sensation of an excess: to much wood; and this is extenuating, possibly irritating. An oppositely white, sharp, straight plane finished interior would surely sustain a contrast that can do good to the aesthetic balance of a… guest. Or architect :)…

  4. yrag01 October 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    The interior looks very nice, but I have to say the exterior seems like kitsch folk art overkill.

  5. ahinalu October 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    @norealsuwaidi maybe it does bring some primal desire to some, a mystical and a organic feel when looking at it from the outside and it looks very cozy from the inside. While I can appreciate sleek modern architecture, this place feels “warm” and inviting.

    But, like good art, it should invoke a strong emotion, whether it is good or bad.

  6. andybuildz October 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Sick!! God damn sick !…and I’ve been in the biz for over 35 years and thats some primo stuff there!

  7. cyra October 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I think it is one of the lovliest inhabitable structures I’ve ever seen, and would like to see more of this type of eco-friendly architecture in my world. It is soul-soothing to look at, I can’t but imagine what it must be like to actually live there!

  8. nouraalsuwaidi October 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I can’t imagine myself living inside a mountain. Do I want to live inside a cave! Are we trying to go back in time and live were the first man lived? Copying and pasting things from the environment is really not a good idea at all. Although I like the idea of trying to find a new way of living, but I don’t think this is a good idea.

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