This sustainable home in Chile is designed as an ‘unplugged’ retreat for a family of six

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“The most important thing is that the house is totally ‘unplugged,’” LLaumett says. “The electricity is provided by solar panels, and the water comes from a nearby river. It is stored in two elevated containers, delivering the flow to the services by gravity.” The scenery may be a dominant force, but from the perspective of the residents, it’s an enchanting backdrop.

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Locally salvaged zinc panels clad a seaside getaway in Chile

Designed by Chilean architecture firm Ortuzar Gebauer Arquitectos, the Coo Lodge is a seaside getaway that’s tied into the surrounding landscape history with its weathered zinc cladding. Sourced from old construction sites, the reclaimed metal plates have been oxidized to a reddish color similar to that of the ground color. Located on the beach with spectacular views of the sea and distant volcanoes, the building was constructed to feel like an extension of the landscape.

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Two protective layers keep this angular house in Chile cool in the summer

The angular Two Skins House, designed by architect Verónica Arcos, is enveloped in two layers which maintain stable temperatures throughout the year. Perched on high cliffs north of Santiago, capital of Chile, the house features generous openings that offer views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Prefab Casa Algarrobo mimics the rhythm of surrounding trees in Chile

This prefab house in Chile mimics the rhythm of the surrounding forest trees. Installed on a clearing among the lush vegetation, Algarrobo House showcases the flexibility with which prefab modules can be arranged to form any type of configuration depending on site layout. Garcia de la Huerta and Gleixner architects drew a grid that fits into the forest of ordered volumes and created a house that can be assembled as easily as Lego bricks.

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