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Morerava Cabins / AATA Associate Architects

  • 01:00 - 24 January, 2011
Morerava Cabins / AATA Associate Architects
Morerava Cabins / AATA Associate Architects

Morerava Cabins / AATA Associate Architects Morerava Cabins / AATA Associate Architects Morerava Cabins / AATA Associate Architects Morerava Cabins / AATA Associate Architects +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hanga Roa National Park, Unnamed Road, Isla de Pascua, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Construction

    Alejandro Martinez Z.
  • Client

    Cabañas Morerava
  • Area

    77.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

From the architect. We originally started with the idea of the Morerava Cabins when we saw an opportunity to create a tourist complex on Easter Island in 2009. Analysing the tourist market on the Island we quickly realized most sectors were well developed, spanning from luxury Hotels to private homes and camping, however one niche sector was not covered: family friendly cabins which meet certain quality standards.

site plan
site plan

When we started to design the cabins we realized a very bespoke design would be required in order to correspond to the unique and delicate context of the island. The construction process, material resourcing and daily usage of the cabins had to have minimal impact on the very fragile environment of Easter Island.

Taking everything into account we developed the idea of a prefabricated design. The entire prefabrication was finally executed on the continent and then shipped by boat. This ensured minimal local impact and avoided the use of any material from the island. The design of the module emerges from the optimization of common materials available on the market. For example, modulation between pillars is 120cm is half the length of a plate, resulting in less waste of material.

Since the temperature on Easter Island is always close to the comfort zone (subtropical climate), it was not necessary to add thermal insulation, allowing what traditionally would leave the interior structure of the panels visible. This results in savings in material and workmanship and, as the timber structure is visible, creates an interesting design.

elevation 02
elevation 02

A space between ceiling panels and zinc cover thermally insulates the roof structure, allowing the natural air ventilation to remove any built-up heat.

In order to achieve minimal intervention with the natural terrain, all cabins hover over ground on single pillars. This preserves the natural water absorption of the earth and allows for natural air ventilation underneath the floor, eliminating any potential moisture problems. Additionally we managed to conserve local species of plants and shrubs making them an integral part of the overall design and ambience.

We implemented continuous windows on either side of the huts in order to allow for sufficient interior luminance and cross ventilation avoiding the need of any mechanical systems. The location of all windows prevent visual connections from cabin to cabin allowing for the necessary privacy amongst all visitors.

elevation 03
elevation 03

All Cabins have a rainwater collection system, which stores and treats the water for the re-usage in the cabins. Water from the network is only used in case this supply runs out. This avoids the over consumption of a resource which is rare on the Island. Hot water comes from solar heating tanks to the solar panels located on each cottage's roof, avoiding the use of gas or electricity (which in the island is generated from petrol).

Each cabin has 60 sqm plus 17 sqm on terraced decks and is equipped for up to 6 visitors.

diagram 04
diagram 04
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21 Comments

Juraj Mikurcik · August 02, 2012

Like the simplicity of these chilean #timber chalets http://t.co/HDR7UcRy #architecture

Revista Notas | CPAU · July 25, 2012

Se suma una nueva atracción en la Isla de Pascua, solo para arquitectos! http://t.co/JT0bPdDh

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Sebastian Cerda · April 26, 2011

On the Cabins website, there are more photos recently taken by the Photographer Sergio Pirrone.
Here's the link

http://morerava.com/en_fotos.p...

Fernando Corrales · February 02, 2011

Very nice work!

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camilo martinez · January 25, 2011

this is a good operation of architecture, but ive been to easter island, and this project has nothing to do with the forms or culture of the island this project even looks like finnish alpine architecture.

even if we like geometrical forms we need to at least take a look at the culture history and geography of the places where we design.

a good example in the island of how to operate like this is the explora hotel of jose cruz.

amonle · January 24, 2011

really well done

up_today_arch · January 24, 2011

Very nice!... Easy, geometrical, to the point...

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