Chile based studio, AATA arquitectos has designed 'Cabañas Morerava', a series of four cabins, located on Easter Island, a special territory off Chile and home to the Rapa Nui national park.
As tourist accommodation options in this part of the islands are countless, ranging from luxury hotels to camping, the sector of high-quality independent cabins was pretty much ‘non-existent.’ So when Chilean architects AATA spotted the gap in the market, they didn't let the opportunity pass by to start their new organic project.
Designed to have as little impact as possible on the fragile island environment, the structures were conceived as prefabricated elements, produced on mainland South America and then shipped and assembled on site. Almost no materials from the island were used and the proportions of the cabins were cleverly calculated so that there was minimum wastage when using standard-sized market products.
Rainwater is collected and stored for re-use in the cabins and solar collectors provide the right temperature for water to use in the kitchens and toilets.
Standing on pillars, the four structures look elegant and light, blending well into the surrounding landscape, while at the same time, showing the detailed craftsmanship involved in the design.
'When we started to design the cabins we realized a very bespoke design would be required in order to correspond to the unique and delicate context of the island,' say the architects.’
The Cabanas Morerava are a real back-to-basics project, without compromising style or environmental friendliness. Hope to see more of these amazing initives.
side elevation detail of side profile
wooden slats extend to the edges of the covered porch, topped with an asymmetrically pitched zinc roof. the otherwise linear form tapers and skews to meet the edges of the overhang, exposing a contrasting wood interior and cross beam frame. utilizing a simple and linear layout, the living spaces are lit on both ends and along the sides through strip glazing.
entrance front (left) side yard (right) interior corridor kitchen living room