los Andes, Chile
Professor Wilfried Wang / University of Texas at Austin
Program: Private lodge with spa accommodations for twelve visitors is situated along the thermal springs of the Andes mountains at El Morado, Chile.
Construction: Considering the marginal access to the site, portable elements of modular construction are coordinated to achieve maximum variation while the skeletal support system evokes the local practice of balloon framing.
Sustainability: The insulated panel system protects the sleeping modules from extreme thermal fluctuations and provides passive chase ventilation. Longevity is considered as copper cladding will patina in the coastal air.
Form: an attempt to mitigate the perception of scale, the helical contortion of the cube is a metaphorical expression of precarious geography.
Studio: admission to The O’Neil Ford travel studio is awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in Design. Travel accommodates for design research in Santiago, and Valparaíso, Chile.