Located in Matanzas, Chile, a coastal region about 2.5 hours from Santiago, La Loica and La Tagua are two holiday cabins that rise from the rocks overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The designers chose to elevate the homes on raised wooden structures in order to lower their carbon footprints.
At just 25 square meters and 20 square meters in size, the two cabins are just big enough to fit two people inside each, and the names, La Loica and La Tagua, are an homage to two species of birds that are native to the region. Like a seabird’s nest, the structures sit atop a large rock mass (known as the Lobera) that juts out of the water 80 meters above sea level.
The area is a famous kitesurfing and windsurfing region due to its unique wave and wind conditions. The designers incorporated the windy location into the construction, placing the main access doors in such a way that they open wide to the northern terraces. As a result, the main building acts as a shield against strong winds that come from the southwest.
Each cabin has a primary bedroom located on the top level, accessible by a vertical ladder. The remainder of the cabin consists of a living area, a dining room, bathroom and kitchen on the first level, as well as several built-in pieces of furniture and storage to optimize the small space. To take advantage of the sweeping views, there are large windows mounted on the facades to the west, giving one the feeling of hovering over the ocean.
On the interior, the pine boards are treated with oil to provide stability and protect against marine corrosion, while the exterior timber cladding is made from reclaimed oak sleepers. Made entirely of wood and complemented with chamber-dried pine to improve long-term performance, the cabins reflect the natural surroundings with organic tones and clean, modern lines.
Via Yanko Design
Images via Croxatto y Opazo Arquitectos