Architecture, Space

Casa LLU

View all 18 Photos

A sprawling wood house designed with glazed walls that open the interiors to a lush forest.

Designed by Santiago-based architect Cazú Zegers, whose previous projects include the stunning Tierra Patagonia Hotel, Casa LLU creates a dialogue with the lush landscape of a Chilean forest in the Los Ríos region. The dwelling spreads out horizontally with different wooden volumes that open interiors to the woodland. Completed for a large family, the vacation home can house four generations at the same time. The elevated timber building rests lightly on the land and also blends naturally in the landscape thanks to the extensive use of reclaimed and recycled wood.

Made with one level, the house features wide ramps that allow easy wheelchair access for elderly family members. A “mantle” of in situ steel plates, which the studio left to oxidize naturally, covers the exterior of the house. Left exposed to the interior, this orange-brown structure complements the warm colors and textures of wood while giving the house an industrial accent.

The architectural design merges vernacular and contemporary influences. While some features remind of traditional barns from the country’s southern region, others bring airy mountain chalets to mind. The main living space has an open-plan design. Here, a modern fireplace and plush sofas invite the inhabitants to spend some quality time together and socialize with friends. From this central space, concealed doors lead to the more private rooms: the bedrooms and bathrooms in the lateral wings. Throughout the house, glazed walls and large openings offer striking views of the surrounding greenery. Terraces and outdoor lounge spaces provide the perfect opportunity to relax while admiring the lush setting. Finished in wood, the flooring, walls, and ceilings boast an array of rich brown colors and organic textures. The architect used both rustic and modern elements in the interior, from wood stools to industrial lighting. Photographs© Daniel Corvillion.

Tags: , , , , , , ,
    • Les Tissages


      A Montréal duplex, redesigned to accommodate two individual apartments and one shared floor. Named Les…

    • Albury House


      A compact house designed with concrete brick volumes and two terraces. Located in Albury, New…

    • The Hermitage Cabin


      A compact, off-grid cabin built in a beautiful natural site in Italy. Founded in 2013…

    • Karangahake House


      A gabled house that refines the traditional barn typology. Located in Karangahake, on New Zealand’s…

    • Leblanc Residence


      A contemporary beach house inspired by traditional coastal dwellings. Located in the village of Grand-Barachois…

    • Around the World

      A sustainable, off-grid and 100% solar-powered hotel in Oaxaca. Located close to Casa Wabi, the…

    • Around the World

      A boutique hotel inspired by Oaxacan temples and the idea of serene contemplation. Located at…

    • Around the World

      A stylish boutique hotel in Chelsea, New York. Visiting New York is often included on…