Casa Sombreros

Patagonia's surreal landscapes make it a dream destination for a rural retreat but its remote location makes it less than ideal to build one. Casa Sombreros overcomes the challenge with a prefab construction. Overlooking Patagonia's largest lake, the shingled dwelling is made entirely from prefabricated materials and was assembled in five months. It's comprised of two intersecting volumes perched over the bank on steel stilts. The foundation is secured directly to the bedrock for added stability while contributing minimal disruption to the existing terrain. Internally, native timber lines the open living spaces, a complement to the rugged scenery viewed from east-facing glazing. Wrapped in oak decks, the interior effortlessly transitions to the outdoors for unobstructed views of the glacial waters and the Andes mountain in the distance.

Photos: Nico Saieh / SAA Arquitectura + Territorio

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