This stunning mountain home near the city of San Esteban, Chile, brings modern cabin architecture to new heights. Its crisp geometric lines and dramatic angles are covered with a blackened pine facade—a traditional Japanese style that’s becoming quite trendy.
The interior, by contrast, is paneled in light, untreated wood with minimalist, built-in furniture. The difference creates a stark divide between outside and in, giving the impression of a refuge from harsh elements beyond the cabin’s faceted walls.
The 700-square-foot home was designed by architect Gonzalo Iturriaga for a mountaineering client who wanted a calm and simple retreat. The resulting RF C9 house offers two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a large living room/kitchen.
An enormous window wall in the living room allows sweeping views of the mountain range beyond, while other strategic cuts in the facade provide natural ventilation from the mountain breezes.