Robust shell with neat interior

Guesthouse in Chonchi, Chile by Lucas Maino

The residents of Chiloé Island in Chile are increasingly able to earn an extra income by renting out their home to tourists. But for this to work for everyone involved, the decision also has to be made about what parts of the home to open up to guests and how to welcome them without disturbing the neighbours. One homeowner solved the problem by building a 200 square metre guesthouse on his land.

The building can accommodate several guests and is designed as a single unit. The volume is raised three metres off the ground on glulam posts. The airy look continues with the semi-transparent shell made of roughly sawn pine boards, which envelops the building on three sides and is connected to the façade with a corridor, all designed to preserve the privacy of the owner and the neighbours in their homes.

The interior is lined with pine wood cladding in varying widths, which has been placed both horizontally and vertically on the walls to give a vibrant and robust feel. This is complemented by the soap scrubbed pine floor.


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