A paradigm change in a traditional icon of insular Patagonia
Gamboa, a pile-dwellings neighbourhood in Castro, capital city of the Great Island of the archipelago of Chiloé, in southern Chile, is a living heritage born from urban marginality at the beginning of the XX Century. In this Century it has consolidated as an icon of wood architecture in Chiloé and of its culture intimately linked with the land and the sea.
The Strong urban transformation of the neighbourhood over the past years has made it possible to recycle this unique and precarious constructions made of wood as spaces destined to embrace tourism, which involves a paradigm change, whereas this icon, besides being photographed, can now be inhabited by visitors.
The Palafito 1326 is a 12-room boutique hotel that is part of this process, and seeks a high level of comfort and great refinement in the use of the esential materials in this culture (wood, fibers and wool), to offer the unique a experience of lodging by the shore and enjoying the constantly changing landscape with the rising and falling tides
The work, in sustainable terms, is proposed as a contemporary re-interpretation of the traditional image of the stilt house, and as such it is built using the experience of insular carpenters, many of them inhabitants in this neighbourhood; with wood from the native forest and traditional technologies incorporating both the recycling of materials from the old building (such as Redwood shingles, doors and windows) and contemporary Technologies and materials such as adequate thermal insulators, asphalt roofing, and hermetic double glazed PVC Windows that enable a higher thermal efficiency to the central heating by a great wood boiler chimney, located in the living room.
In contemporary terms and as part of the dialogue between tradition and modernity, the building features as an innovation a large terrace that makes it possible for guests and visitors to enjoy, above the roof level of the other houses on stilts, of all the spatial, natural and architectural dimensions of this particular territory located in the Patagonia.