Set among the barren landscape of the Valley of the Condors in Chile, this small shack serves as a shelter to passerby’s. The valley bridges Chile and Argentina. It’s so large, there are still unexplored regions.
Traditionally it was a route occupied and used by herdsmen, shuffling cattle to protect them from the sometimes harsh weather conditions. More recently, it’s been frequented by hikers and climbers.
The traditional building typology of the region is robust and rustic, making use of the readily available materials (namely rock). It was these qualities that the architects – Hans André Kubat Sarria – wanted to recreate for their own project, adequately named, Shelter for the Wanderer.
The shelter occupies just 431-square-feet (40 square meters). It’s mostly composed of timber, rock and corrugated metal sheeting. The construction process was completed by a team amateurs and volunteers made up of the very people for whom the shelter was built – hikers and climbers.
Despite appearance, the building actually has two levels. The first and most obvious is set on the main wood floor of the shelter. The second is set beneath the wood floor, it’s fashioned onto of the crawl space between the ground level and the floor joists.
The crawl space is enclosed with rocks and has some rough seating carved out from the landscape itself. On the main level, a simple sheet of wood acts as a surface for sleeping on, as storage, or as a prep area. Shelving has been created from pieces of timber that tie the walls studs together.
The wood has been salvaged from another forgotten shelter that had fallen into disarray. Thanks to this, nothing is perfect or refined, instead its beauty lies in the stitching together of the individual pieces of wood.
Photos: Hans André Kubat Sarria