Mountain Refuge Los Canteros is design by dRN Architects. It Located in Chile. Please visit dRN Architect website for mor information.
The website was a current void in the center of an incline, bound on two sides by magnificent old containment walls built of stone. These walls defined an amount section of roughly 12x10mts, 7.5mts below the amount of the street. A couple of scattered trees appeared significant, as plant life is difficult to find at 2000 mts high in the center of The Andes Mountain tops.
The brilliant vibrant light reflected from the snow, along with the thermal loss through home windows and walls are essential aspects when building within the mountain tops. These conditions were something which that old mountain chalets, built-in the city of Farellones throughout the 40′s and 60′s, required into consideration through small interior spaces and thick stonewalls with really small openings within their facades.
For creating this contemporary mountain refuge we suggested a monolithic amount of stone that partly fills the void left through the existing containment walls. Window openings are minimal and were placed in order to illuminate specific functions, in order to frame song from the surrounding landscape, keeping away the view of the neighbours.
This straightforward stone cube is split up by additional factors that overhang from the perimeter, modifying the fundamental figure and passing on an orientation towards specific exterior features.
A horizontal window searching towards the primary view over the valley below seems as the second volume, that also serves a bench. Another transparent volume on the top, can serve as an access area that functions like a light throughout the evening. Finally, an easy steel pathway links the street using the 2nd floor from the refuge.
Your window of excellent weather for building at these altitudes is extremely narrow (6 several weeks), so an immediate construction plan was needed. We made the decision to construct having a prefabricated steel frame structure that will reduce set up time. This metal cage ended up being engrossed in different layers of insulation reacting to a particular needs (similar to the clothes of the mountain climber).
First, an inside plywood cladding for any warmer atmosphere within the inside, a double thermal insulation inside the steel structure, next a waterproof membrane, and lastly an exterior cladding of black slate stone. This exterior finish resists well the tough weather of utmost low temps, snow and rain. Additionally, it determines a fabric link to that old stone refuges nearby.
Unlike the encompassing existing structures, whose construction has become too costly, here the stone doesn’t have a structural role. This really is emphasized through the vertical and horizontal position from the stone by not letting the cladding touch the floor.
Mountain lodges normally receive more and more people compared to what they can lodge, more mountain gear compared to what they can store, more logs compared to what they burns up, and also the design needed to anticipate this case. To bear this in mind the dwelling was split into 3 independent flooring. An initial floor with 4 small sleeping rooms, another floor having a common space with four areas for eating, playing, sitting and cooking, along with a third floor for access with enough space to keep everything mountain equipment.
Maximum utilization of space in extreme climate conditions
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