Located in the Rivers Region, the project is situated in the lakeshore area on a natural plain, limited by the native forest and the slope towards Lake Panguipulli. This north-facing spot affords the best views. In the distance you can even see the magnificent Villarica Volcano and the north shore of the lake known by the same name.
The brief requested a sheltered barbecue place to be used sporadically and informally as the centre of family gatherings. The second challenge in the genesis of the project was to reuse materials from the demolition of the client’s old home in Santiago. This old structure was mainly composed of columns, beams, panelling, window frames, and doors, all made of larch or oak wood.
The project is proposed as a unitary and resounding volume, which is covered by an inverted conical shape and converses with the volcanic environment of the area. The usages are divided into two areas under this roof. The housing and barbecue area occupies a third of the floor area. The southern façade, facing the forest, remains opaque, while the rest of the façades are open to the landscape through perimeter windows. In the interior, an open ceiling takes advantage of the height of the structure, with the spatiality defined by the geometry of the roof, which culminates in a 27-foot overhead opening. The height from the ground level to the barbecue area and the roof opening acts as an exhaust pipe that extracts the smoke and illuminates the interior at the same time.The public area, living and dining room are strategically located in the centre of the first floor, while the space and height of the shell allows for a mezzanine with a king size bed and a bathroom. To the south end of the building there are the service areas, along with four beds in a row aligned according to the rear façade, which can also be used as a sitting area. This layout clears the front side and allows the extensive views to be fully appreciated from the interior.
All the furniture has been designed especially for this project, built on site and crafted by local carpenters. The materiality is metalwork and wood for the structure, the shell is covered by larch tiles and the interioris mainly clad in pine and other types of wood.