Awasi Hotel, a Chilean Hillside Night’s Dream

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In More with Less we like cabins. Because they are the essence of shelter, and they only need a small space, good materials and a great landscape around to achieve the More with Less. So it is not strange that we like so much Awasi Hotel, a series of twelve individual wooden cabins designed by Chilean Architect Felipe Assadi in Chilean Hillside, Because Chilean Hillside is a marvelous habitat with their pumas and llamas, and this hotel really magnifies it with nothing more than wood and some good chosen framed views.

Awasi Hotel magnifies Chilean Hillside with a series of excelent framed views

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Located just outside the Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region, Awasi Hotel units are scattered across a steep hillside that slopes down to Iceberg-stren Lake Sarmiento, trying to keep hidden in the vastness of Pampa, as it wouldn’t allow to have a “building”. Each cabin has a bedroom, lounge and bathroom, being the communal sitting area and a restaurant placed in a larger block on the crest of the hill, with views of the lake and Paine Massif mountain peaks on the distance. You can walk between blocks along winding pedestrian paths, sometimes elevated on stilts, but privacy is kept thanks to surrounding trees.

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As the nearest town is three-hour drive, the cabins were designed to be prefabricated in workshops offsite. A black steel structure with modulated pillars and planks of beech wood, remind the visitor to traditional architecture of the region, as neutral-tones seats and textiles in the interior and wood-burning stoves help to fight against inclement weather and keep guest warm. All these details together with the precise location of the cabins help Awasi Hotel to blend with landscape and achieve a perfect atmosphere to dream on the Chilean Pampa, with nothing else than a shelter and some nice views.

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Photography is by Fernando Alda.

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