Set on the eastern bank of Lake Rupanco, the Apus Kankay House uses its unusual shape to shield its inhabitants from Patagonia's harsh elements. As much a meeting place as it is the home, the large, open lower level has a double hearth, letting it serve as both a grilling area and living/dining space, while the second level is home to a common area that doubles as a bedroom. Full-height glazing cap off living spaces to keep the focus on the dramatic landscapes. When it comes to the weather, the first level blocks cold summer breeze, while the stairway helps deflect winter winds, and the section connecting the two levels protects the patio from both rain and sun. Clad in Cor-Ten steel, the rugged facade adds another layer of protection from the area's extreme climate.
Photos: Marcos Zegers / Aguilo + Pedraza Arquitectos