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chilean architecture practice cazu zegers arquitectura presents its ‘LLU house,’ formalized with a poetic design strategy influenced by its natural context. the house is situated in the wet region of los ríos in the south of chile, out of whose rainy condition is born two driving concepts — the ‘physical structure of water’ as a formal influence and the ‘protective mantle’ as a structural technique. the team looks toward the typical tent structures, or mantles, crafted by lumberjacks in the surroundings forests characterized by a nylon enclosure supported by a central pillar to allow rain to drain off. in the design of the timber volume’s distinctive geometry, the designers investigate the physical composition of a water molecule and its three connected elements. with an organization influenced by the three connecting elements of a water molecule, the LLU house by cazu zegers arquitectura is divided into three primary zones across a single level. while the centralized element hosts shared spaces including an integrated kitchen, dining, and living area, the two lateral elements house bedrooms and more private spaces. the architectural language of the project expresses a typological hybridization integrating characteristics of both the north american loft and the traditional mantle shed of southern chile. the house stands on a structure of steel pillars which adjust to the sloping landscape and generate an occupiable terrace below.
project title: LLU house
architecture: cazú zegers arquitectura
location: los ríos, chile
photography: daniel corvillon, ian hsu
article by - designboom