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Most clients show up at their architects with a list a mile long. Not so much for the owners of the Charred Cabin in the mountains of coastal Chile. Their list? A place to eat, sleep, and read. And that’s exactly what they received.

With a palatial 161 square feet to play with, the architects at DRAA threw in a bathroom and a kitchen for good measure. The minimalism extends to the cabin’s environmental footprint. This weekend getaway is constructed from super-energy efficient structural insulated panels (SIPS), and the burnt pine exterior (literally charred) protects the wood without a need for noxious chemicals. Three cheers for ingenuity in burning the exterior cladding, but maybe don’t try this at home.

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Photos by Felipe Camus.

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Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.


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