Recycled Materials Cottage / Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel


Architects: Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel
Location: , Chile
Client: Francisca Boher Elton
Project area: 112 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel

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The house is emplaced in the wooded hillside of the Pirihueico Lake located in 14th. Region (Region de los Rios), 70 km from Panguipulli.

© Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel

The difficulty of access determined the restraint of defining the project in multiple modular parts of the capacity of a small truck. The wish and ability of the client to search and purchase demolition materials set a series of elements to incorporate in the new home.

© Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel

These elements were reinterpreted in a new order:

- Glazed doors of a house of the 60´s by Horacio Borgheresi that originally belonged to a patio, became the main facade of the new housing.

© Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel

- Eucalyptus and native rauli parquet floors of a house of the 70´s by Larraín, Swinburn and Covarrubias, which became the main coating.

- Commercial laminated beams and steel pieces used for a temporary exhibition are now part of the main structural elements.

© Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel

Once the new elements were taken into account, the cottage was defined as a single storey volume with a slight break in the plant axis which articulates and determines the entrance as well as the definition of two main zones, depending on their level of publicity or privacy.

© Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel

The facades, overhangs and terraces, are proposed based on the orientation, in terms of the view and the sunlight. The recycling of materials as a new order of Re-Construction.

Cite: "Recycled Materials Cottage / Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel" 13 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Alex Prodan

    Verry nice interior…cozy

  • Pan Jone

    yes ,so clozy it seems , and the colour shows