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Piedras Bayas BeachCamp / MORAES

Piedras Bayas BeachCamp / MORAES

© Camilo Moraes © Alejandro Gálvez © Alejandro Gálvez © Alejandro Gálvez + 26

Antofagasta, Chile
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project MORAES
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018
  • Photographer Created with Sketch.
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Altiplana, Arauco, Don Domo, Maderas Concón
  • Architect in charge

    Camilo Moraes
  • Design Team

    Rodrigo González León
  • Construction

    Camilo Moraes y Alejandro Bazán
  • Structural Calculation

    Ricardo Luna
  • Textile Architecture

    Francisco Valdivia
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© Alejandro Gálvez
© Alejandro Gálvez

Text description provided by the architects. Piedras Bayas Beachcamp is an itinerating and sustainable tourism station in the virgin landscape of the coastal zone of the Atacama Desert, located in northern Chile. The strategy of light structures, integration of local materials, non-contaminant sanitary systems and green- powered facilities is an architectural example of low impact construction for non-intervened natural landscapes.

© Alejandro Gálvez
© Alejandro Gálvez

The Atacama Desert is located within the “South America arid diagonal”. It is a dry zone and almost never rains. The coastal zone has a temperate climate all year, and has a high geological & archaeological content.

© Alejandro Gálvez
© Alejandro Gálvez

A place with immense natural landscapes that are still limitedly affected by human intervention and has no urban planning.

The program includes a service station and three isolated rooms . The service center has two bathrooms, one office, one community room, one room for the ranger, and another family room. Each room is a wood plataform with a dome and it's own bathroom. The project was built in three different stages, with a team of three carpenters, two local artisans and one architect on site.

© Alejandro Gálvez
© Alejandro Gálvez

In order to maintain privacy, each dome was separated 50 meters away from each other. This allows for a more visible presence of the landscape.

© Cristina Ananias
© Cristina Ananias
Site Plan
Site Plan
© Camilo Moraes
© Camilo Moraes

Instead of building large volumes, the decision was to build several small buildings, connected through exterior paths.

Center of services Plan
Center of services Plan

The strategy was to have a wood structure as the skeleton, with skin made out of local materials.

© Alejandro Gálvez
© Alejandro Gálvez

The structural basis was made from wooden pillars, buried one meter in the sand compacted with salt water, and the foundations did not use any cement at all. The main local materials used for this project were “Brea” and “Totora”. It is inspired by a small village located 40 minutes from the site.

© Alejandro Gálvez
© Alejandro Gálvez

A type of local bush that grows in the zone´s wetlands that was used for decades, made it is possible to see how this material is kept in good condition over the years. The Brea works as a perfect material to isolate the building from the sun. The Brea material is used outside as a cladding in a frame type structure.

© Alejandro Gálvez
© Alejandro Gálvez
Domo Plan and elevation
Domo Plan and elevation
© Camilo Moraes
© Camilo Moraes

This form of construction allows to remove the build and return the landscape without intervention. This model of construction allows to enjoy the landscape and at the same time preserve its natural state.

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Project location

Address: Piedras Bayas, Atacama Desert, Antofagasta, Chile

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Piedras Bayas BeachCamp / MORAES" [Piedras Bayas BeachCamp / MORAES] 24 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/900211/piedras-bayas-beachcamp-moraes/> ISSN 0719-8884

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