Issues of accessibility and sustainability drove this site-specific design solution: a narrow road required small modular pieces, while client wishes dictated extensive material reuse.
Chilean architect Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel started with patio doors from a demolished 1960s home furnished, transforming them into the framework for a mostly-glazed, wood-framed front facade.
Local 1970s parquet flooring were turned into new finishing materials, while used commercial steel and glue-laminated beams form the core structure.
Reversing the usual process, the materials formed a foundation around which the plan more or less organically evolved – a modern take on making shelters out of what one finds at hand on the surrounding land.
The linear, single-story residence was easily assembled piece by piece using likewise simple and traditional construction tools and techniques.