La Loica and La Tagua Cabins by Croxatto y Opazo Arquitectos

Eco-friendly cabins standing on the rock

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This Project was born as a holiday home on the coast. The two cabins for two people each are located in Matanzas, Navidad, approximately 2 ½ hours from Santiago. Placed 80 meters above sea level on the Lagunilla hill, the cabins rise in front of the “Lobera”, a large rock mass jutting out of the sea, home to sea lions and other native species. Matanzas has become a world capital for Windsurfing and Kitesurfing, thanks to its outstanding wind and wave conditions. Both these elements were purposefully incorporated into the development of the project. The design process was conceived as an opportunity for experimentation, looking for a way to both ‘dominate’ the steep slope, and blend-in with the surrounding nature.

▼项目概览,general view © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

▼近观La Loica & La Tagua两个小屋,closer view of La Loica & La Tagua cabins © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

两个度假屋(La Loica & La Tagua)均以当地鸟类命名,它们位于沟壑处,木结构支撑起木平台,上面是小屋主体。二者面积不大,La Loica小屋为20㎡,La Tagua小屋为25㎡。

“La Loica” & “La Tagua”, both named after bird species native to the region, are placed on the ravine using a wooden pilon structure that supports the main platform, over which the programmeis developed. Each structure is resolved in few square meters, 20m2 for “La Loica”, and 25m2 for “La Tagua”.

▼La Loica度假屋,La Loica cabin © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

▼La Tagua度假屋,La Tagua cabin © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma


The access doors on each cabin can be opened wide into the northern façade terraces, as a way to connect and interact with the exterior, and ultimately extend the interior spaces. This also allows the main structure to act as a shield against the strong winds coming from the south-west, consoledating the terrace viewpoint. A large loft connects the interior premises both visually and spatially. The dining room, bathroom and kitchen are laid outon the access level, using furniture that merges with the architecture, to optimize space. Large windows are mounted on the western façades, enhancing the feeling of ‘hovering’over the ocean, dominating the horizon.

▼La Loica外观,external view of La Loica © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

▼入户门向北侧露台大开 © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
the access door open wide into the northern façade terrace


In both cabins the master bedroom is located on the upper level and can be accessed using a vertical ladder. The bedroom is connected with the rest of the space through the double-height living room, a disposition that seeks to frame and direct the view, pointing towards the wooded hills to the south, and the rocky “Lobera” to the north.

▼La Tagua外观,external view of La Tagua © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

▼通高客厅,double-height living room © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

▼景观优美的卧室,bedroom with beautiful view © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma


Both buildings are built entirely in wood, using impregnated, chamber-dried pine on the main structures to improve long-term performance. For the interior finish ½”x 3” pine board was used, and the exterior timber cladding was manufactured from reclaimed oak sleepers. This inert material was treated with petroleum oils, which provides stability and resistance against marine corrosion, and gives it a look that blends-in with the landscape.

▼木质外观与景观融为一体 © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
the wooden appearance blends with the landscape

▼细部,details © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

▼夜景,night view © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Location: Matanzas, Navidad, Región de O`Higgins, Chile
Surface: 45m2
Year: 2018

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