This elevated prefab cabin along the Chilean Andes has a buffer zone that helps protect it against harsh climatic conditions.
The town of Vilches in Southern Chile is perched about halfway up the Andes Mountain. Surrounded by parklands and nature reserves, the area is an idyllic place for enjoying breathtaking nature. However, there is one drawback for residents: the extreme climatic conditions.
Felipe Lagos, the Chilean architect of Santiago–based studio TuCroquis is hard at work designing homes in the area that can accommodate rapid changing weather. One of his recent projects is Casa R, a modular holiday cabin nestled in the middle of a lush forested site.
The 1,033-square-foot space features a buffer zone, known locally as a "chiflonera," an area between the interiors and exteriors that is commonly found in Chilean/Patagonian homes, as it helps to regulate the region’s extreme temperature changes.