Inspired by the dramatic landscape of Chile's contrasting wilderness, Pablo Larroulet designed Aka Patagonia Hotel as a homage to the local nature. Its six volumes emerge from the terrain like the mountains, volcanoes, and glaciers that create the horizon line of Puerto Natales. Built on piles to reduce disruption to the terrain, the wooden units were prefabricated and assembled on site. Modules contain private double rooms with a bathroom along with a communal space, with each one positioned to take advantage of the best views while maximizing incoming light. Clad in timber from the native lenga tree, the exterior facade will weather over time, further merging the man-made building into its natural surroundings.
Photos: Fernanda del Villar / Pablo Larroulet