Hotel in local wood that can survive extreme weather

AKA Patagonia Hotel in Patagonia, Chile by Pablo Larroulet

People come to Patagonia from all over the world to experience the mountains, glaciers, water and rural life. And it is these contrasts in the natural attractions of the region that have been seized on by the new Puerto Natales hotel, sitting at the top of a slope with panoramic views of volcanoes, mountain ranges and glaciers.

The hotel is made up of six modules, all of which contain guest rooms and bathrooms, plus a building with a kitchen and communal facilities. The form of the building reflects the silhouette on the horizon, and the natural world is present inside and out. The walls and roofs of the prefabricated modules are made of lenga (Nothofagus pumilio), a local tree species that thrives in locations with poor soil, a cold climate and harsh winds. This has made the wood tolerant of extreme weather, and as it ages it will merge even more into the landscape. For as small a footprint as possible, the structure is raised on plinths.


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