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Casa Retiro Kawelluco / Lira Arquitectos Asociados

  • 01:00 - 29 October, 2014
Casa Retiro Kawelluco / Lira Arquitectos Asociados
Casa Retiro Kawelluco / Lira Arquitectos Asociados, Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Pucón, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Raimundo Lira, Daniel Marín
  • Constructor

    Ramón Salazar
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
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Text description provided by the architects. Aim

The retreat house is intended for occasional use, for few days, in a contemplative attitude of silence, solitude and community gatherings. The spaces were sought for meditation through a relationship with peaceful views towards the infinite valley, and the use of natural light in spaces –like prayer room- where intimacy without external views was aimed.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Site

The available site for the Retreat House is located on an eastern slope of a hill which is part of the mountain range of the Villarrica Volcano. The site, a clear area between woodlands, almost at the foot-of-the-hill, is at a level high enough to allow for breathtaking views over the valley and surrounding mountains.

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Siting

The situation at half height overlooking the valley, the amphitheater form due to the uneven terrain and the brief gives rise to a continuous horizontal two-storey building, which settles as a single volume on the hillside, in contrast with mountains and surrounding vegetation.

Section
Section

Brief

The brief is simple: A prayer-room, dormitories and space for kitchen and services. The prayer-room was placed in one end, whereas services (kitchen and dining room) on the opposite, being connected by a central body of fourteen rooms on the second level over a corridor on ground floor, giving form to the whole horizontal body.

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The rooms are designed to house a bed, a desk, a wardrobe and a private bathroom, provided with small windows overlooking the valley and long distance views. Community meetings take place in the kitchen, the prayer-room and around circulations. The latter are a system comprised by: the covered corridor on ground floor, the corridor that leads to dormitories and a trail on the hill-side, which runs parallel to the building and is connected through external bridges perpendicular to corridors.

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Materials

Both the structure and linings are materialised in native timber available in the zone. Rooms considered thermal insulation around the entire envelope of the building,  besides double-glazing windows.

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Cite: "Casa Retiro Kawelluco / Lira Arquitectos Asociados" 29 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/561937/casa-retiro-kawelluco-lira-arquitectos-asociados/> ISSN 0719-8884

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