Chilean architect Felipe Assadi has built a series of wooden hotel cabins on a Chilean hillside, offering guests the possibility to glimpse wild llamas, pumas and rheas in their all-natural habitat (+ slideshow).


Located just outside the Torres del Paine Nationwide Park in the Patagonia area, the 12 cabins were created by Felipe Assadi Architects to give person lodgings for the Awasi Hotel.

They are dotted across a steep hillside that slopes down to iceberg-strewn Lake Sarmiento, delivering a base for excursions into the wilderness.

Awasi Hotel by Felipe Assadi

“The undertaking started with a self-issue of being hidden in the landscape,” mentioned Assadi. “The vastness of the Patagonian pampa would not let the interruption of a ‘building’ in a kind of long lasting silence.”

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“So we opted for isolated units, scattered cabins on a meadow at the edge of a forest of Lenga beech, Coigue evergreens, and Ñirre trees,” he additional.

Awasi Hotel by Felipe Assadi

The lodges are covered inside and outside in planks of beech wood, framed by a black steel structure – a design and style based mostly on traditional architecture of the region.


“The modulation of the pillars following to the forest and the option of wood, which ultimately acquires a silver tone, coupled with a precise place for every unit, can make the buildings mix with the landscape underneath specified situations,” explained the architect.

Awasi Hotel by Felipe Assadi

Every of the cabins has a bedroom, lounge and bathroom, even though a communal sitting region and restaurant serving dishes like llama tartar is set within a greater block.

Awasi Hotel by Felipe Assadi

This block sits on the crest of the hill, supplying views of the lake and the granite peaks of the Paine Massif mountain.

Awasi Hotel by Felipe Assadi

The buildings are linked by winding pedestrian paths and partially elevated on stilts over the fragile and damp earth. But surrounding trees offer each building a degree of privacy.


The region’s inclement climate and the three-hour drive to the nearest town forced the architects to create a design and style that could be prefabricated in workshops offsite.


“We designed the venture for individuals who would build it,” mentioned Assadi. “We did not style something that could not be constructed with neighborhood technologies and their precarious and scarce labour.”

“There were no sophisticated building information, due to the fact they were not crucial.”


The spaces are furnished with neutral-toned seats and textiles, and warmed with wood-burning stoves.

Felipe Assadi’s company is primarily based in Santiago. Previously completed projects consist of a zigzagging constructing for a seaside tennis court and an artist’s studio that is sunken into cliffside gardens.

Photography is by Fernando Alda.

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