Designed by the architect Ignacio Rojas Hirigoyen with The Andes House, this project seeks to provide an affordable solution to the problem of scarce decent housing that afflicts Chile and Latin America at large, through a modular building system that is flexible and can be put together quickly and efficiently. With prefabricated pieces allowing different configurations, the model can be expanded horizontally and vertically, accommodating other uses if desired, and can be dismantled for reuse elsewhere. This construction solution uses recycled materials, harnessing the sincerity and aesthetic value of these in an austere architecture.
This 85-square-meter house with a gable roof is located in Casablanca, a commune on the central coast of Chile, in the province and region of Valparaíso. Elevated over the ground , the prototype presents a simple, lightweight, resistant metal structure. There are units anchored with wedges, interior claddings of laminated timber, and exterior panels of corrugated metal.