Forest Cottage Cobbled from Scrap Beams, Floors & Doors


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.

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