Casa Cuatro sits above a 180-foot cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, outside Santiago, Chile. The locally quarried stone makes the house blend in with the landscape and acts as a thermal-mass wall, absorbing heat during the day and releasing it through the evening. Photo by Cristóbal Palma.
Simultaneously rustic and space-age, the Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel in Pisco Elqui, Chile, would be an ideal environment for a night under the stars. From Taschen’s Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2. Photo by Rodrigo Duque Motta.
WMR Arquitectos didn’t just build with wood—they incorporated trees on the grounds of the Surazo Hotel into the design in Matanzas, Chile. From Taschen’s Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2. Photo by Sergio Pirrone.
Hotel Antumalal, or “corral of the sun” in Spanish, is a masterpiece of Chilean design created by Jorge Elton, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. Thanks to a recent renovation, the modernist retreat is as fashionable today as it was 61 years ago. Photo by Tuca Reinés.
These temporary residences on Easter Island, built by AATA Arquitectos, are prefabricated on the mainland before reaching their destination to ensure minimal impact on the environment. Lifted on pillars to further diminish interference with the natural terrain, each hut houses six people. From Rock the Shack, Copyright Gestalten 2013.