Architect Guillermo Acuna’s red timber cabin in Chile

Architect Guillermo Acuna’s red timber cabin in Chile

A Chilean cabin, with indoor barbecue, is great for chilling in

The remote, dramatic landscapes of Punta Chilen, on the Chilean island of Chiloé, offer the perfect antidote to a busy urban lifestyle. This sparsely populated environment means that one should come prepared, both with sustenance and good company.

The latest project by Santiago-based firm Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados does the rest in terms of providing the space to entertain with style. His quincho (the regional version of an enclosed barbecue space), an addition to a private residential complex, features a pitched roof and is raised on stilts, taking its cues from local vernacular structures called palafitos.

However, its bright red exterior makes it clearly stand out from its neighbours. Inside, natural timber planks have been meticulously assembled to create a warm, informal interior, featuring a bar, open kitchen, barbecue, dining room and sitting area.

Admiring the long views of the Chacao Channel and the miles of volcanoes that shape the Andes through large glazed openings while getting comfortable around a grill is pretty much our idea of the perfect retreat. §

As originally featured in the January 2019 issue of Wallpaper* (W*238)

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