Project NameLa Loica & La Tagua
Project TeamFelipe Croxatto & Nicolas Opazo
Area (sqm)19 & 24
|Project Name||La Loica & La Tagua||Posted in||Architecture||Location||
|Project Team||Felipe Croxatto & Nicolas Opazo||Area (sqm)||19 & 24||Completed||2018|
Perched high above the Pacific Ocean at Matanzas, a coastal community in Chile famous for its miles-long sandy beaches and dramatic rock formations, the two holiday cabins that Santiago-based Croxatto & Opazo Arquitectos designed eschew spaciousness and luxurious amenities for panoramic views, seductive seclusion and a wondrous sense of levitation. Named after two small bird species native to the region, “La Loica” and “La Tagua” precariously yet elegantly cling to the cliffside like birds resting on a narrow rock ledge. Only 19 and 24 square-metres in floorspace respectively, the compact dwellings feel neither cramped nor confined thanks to their double-height living rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, built-in furniture and generous balconies designed as an extension of the interiors.
Conceived as paradigm shift, the timber cabins dominate the landscape as they boldly jut out of the steep slope, yet at the same time blend-in with the surrounding nature thanks to their wooden construction with chamber-dried pine used for the main structure, reclaimed oak sleepers for the exterior cladding and pine boards for the interior. Treated externally with petroleum oils to protect the material from marine corrosion, the cabins have taken on a weathered finish that blends-in with the landscape.
Unfolding on two levels, both cabins are centred on a double height living and dining space that opens up to a north-facing balcony – its orientation offering protection from the prevailing south-west winds – with a double bedroom upstairs accessible by a vertical ladder. West-facing floor-to-ceiling windows on both levels provide expansive views of the ocean and give the impression that you’re hovering above the beach, south-facing bedroom windows frame the wooded hillside, while to the north the cabins overlook an imposing rock mass jutting out of the sea, home to sea lions and other native species. As modestly and economically designed as the compact cabins are (it cost just $50,000 to build each one), such richness of views more than makes up for what they like in size and sophistication.