Projects like this show that there's really no reason to waste anything in construction anymore! The eco-conscious Casa Estero Puente in Puerto Varas, Chile, was built using wood salvaged from abandoned villas in the area. Aranguiz-Bunster Arquitectos combined concrete blocks, steel beams and wooden columns to create a structure that hovers above a local stream and provides picturesque views of the natural surroundings.
Casa Estero Puente covers an area of 100 x 50 meters and acts as a bridge over a creek in Ulmos forest, located in the Lagos Region in Chile. The lightweight structure was elevated in order to minimize the disturbance of the natural site. Three steel beams are anchored to the concrete blocks and support the main volume of the house. The entire structure acts as a bridge and blends into the environment without dramatically altering the site.
The house features double-glazed windows which help maintain optimal indoor temperatures throughout the year and, together with large skylights, bring natural lighting into the space. The architects used wood salvaged from abandoned villas for the floors, ceiling, doors and frames, and combined it with locally harvested wood. Two concrete blocks make up the base of the house and contain the main entrance which leads to the staircase leading to the main level.
Images by Nico Saieh