La Dacha Mountain Hut / DRAA

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Las Trancas, Chile
  • Architects: DRAA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  140
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Photographs
    Photographer:Felipe Camus, Nico Saieh, Courtesy of DRAA
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  INGEPANEL
  • Collaborators: Elsa Thevenaut, Magdalena Besomi
  • Constructor: IDEAMADERA
  • Land Area: 1/2 hec
  • Massive Stove Kachelofe: Nicolas del Rio, Alex Chernov
  • Design Team: Nicolas del Rio, Felipe Camus
  • City: Las Trancas
  • Country: Chile
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© Nico Saieh

Text description provided by the architects. Located among native woodland overlooking the impressive Nevados de Chillan volcanic complex, La Dacha Mountain Hut is the result of a site-specific design that combines space programming with high thermal efficiency.
Towering above the canopy, the vertical V shaped dwelling aims to follow the sun path with generous openings towards the north and west.

© Nico Saieh

The rooms organised top down from the more public to the private, prioritise the open plan of the top floor; a thorough design of a 3 ends overlapping pavilion, each of them directed to specific views.

© Nico Saieh

In terms of structure, the design follows the hybrid construction concept i.e. having a light highly insulated perimeter and a thermally massive core.

© Nico Saieh
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© Felipe Camus

In the middle floor is the entrance level that portrays a masonry stove or kachelofen, a wood stove that stores the required heat for the house in the thick brick walls, requiring a single load of wood a day with several benefits. This ancient technique common in central Europe becomes a prototype for Southern Chile where wood consumption and pollution are becoming crucial issues.

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The refuge is moduled in an array 122 x 244 cmts, the measures of the SIP board system. The panel where brought on a single day and assembled swiftly onsite during the warm months.

© Felipe Camus
© Felipe Camus

In terms of materials, the design uses native Lingue wood for the interior cladding and on-site charred conifer planks following the yakisugi technique on the outside, mounted as a ventilated façade, adding insulation and preventing the use of chemicals. As a result, La Dacha follows passive design principles in a concentrated vertical highly insulated refuge that mingles among a pristine mountain landscape.

© Nico Saieh

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Cite: "La Dacha Mountain Hut / DRAA" [REFUGIO LA DACHA / DRAA] 10 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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