Modern Lodge Disguised As Traditional Using Wooden Shingles

The Mullin Lodge is a very special project which studio AVON Arquitectos completed in 2018. It’s a house located in Southern Chile, in a rural area surrounded by native forests. Its design is a modern interpretation of the traditional small dwellings specific to the region. That means opaque facades all around except for a single glazed side. In order to maintain this old look throughout the exterior, the architects used recycled wooden shingles on the facades. Of course, for every traditional feature there’s also something modern to balance things out. Inside, lots of the non-structural walls have been removed and this results in a continuous look and very clean and airy spaces.

The house is all closed off except for a single side of the facade which is entirely made of glassView in gallery
The house is all closed off except for a single side of the facade which is entirely made of glass
Skylights right at the center of the roof being more sunlight into the living spaces belowView in gallery
Skylights right at the center of the roof being more sunlight into the living spaces below
The glazed facade also allows the great outdoors to become a part of the interior design and decorView in gallery
The glazed facade also allows the great outdoors to become a part of the interior design and decor

This charming 120 square meter house enjoys a N-W orientation which allows it to enjoy lots of sunlight which makes the most of through its fully-translucent facade section and skylights. The interior is organized into three big sections. There’s a public area which includes the kitchen, dining room and sitting area, a private zone towards East which houses the bedrooms and the bathrooms and a Western space which has a corridor and an informal dining room. The social zone also has a mezzanine which gives it a little bit more space to play with and also means a higher ceiling, more windows to let in the light and the views and skylights.

The site is surrounded by native trees and vegetationView in gallery
The site is surrounded by native trees and vegetation
the living spaces open up to the outdoors through a small wooden deckView in gallery
the living spaces open up to the outdoors through a small wooden deck
The interior design is very welcoming thanks to all the wood but also simple and modernView in gallery
The interior design is very welcoming thanks to all the wood but also simple and modern
This is how the house loots like from above, with its slender roof and skylightsView in gallery
This is how the house loots like from above, with its slender roof and skylights
The opaque sides of the facade are covered in reclaimed timber shinglesView in gallery
The opaque sides of the facade are covered in reclaimed timber shingles
The wooden shingles give the house a traditional appearance which is just what the architects wantedView in gallery
The wooden shingles give the house a traditional appearance which is just what the architects wanted
The strong contrast between old and new defines this entire house, inside and outView in gallery
The strong contrast between old and new defines this entire house, inside and out
The mezzanine level gives the living area additional height without taking away its warm and inviting lookView in gallery
The mezzanine level gives the living area additional height without taking away its warm and inviting look