Pergola Pavilion – A Lightweight Pool House Built with Future Use in Mind

This lightweight, open air, pool house comes complete with everything but a bedroom. The project, dubbed Pergola Pavilion, is from Lo Barnechea in the Santiago Metropolitan Region of Chile.


The owners of the property contacted local architecture studio, PAR Arquitectos. Together, they created a retreat that would take advantage of the mountain range scenery.

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The house is spread over an area of 559.72-square-feet (52-square-meters). The project title, refers to its light structural frame, a pergola. They chose the steel frame because it would allow for large uninterrupted and open spans: “light and autonomous frame as an integral support of nature and multiple activities.”

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There are two programmatic areas in the house, divided by a concrete wall. The larger of the two is an open plan lounge and dining area, while the much smaller area houses the kitchenette, toilet and a bodega/wine cellar. There’s also a large grill set along the dividing wall between the two spaces.

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To provide shelter from the sun, 1×4 inch louvers of Oregon pine enclose the rear of the structure. The roof features a few skylights over the living and dining room, ensuring the light levels are maintained, and with so much of it being exposed to the open air, natural ventilation isn’t a problem.

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Thought has also been given to the buildings future use. The flexibility of the simple frame allows it to accommodate a number of functions: “a certain flexibility is established in the future composition of the pavilion, which by the repetition of the structural framework, can constitute a new programmatic unit of a playroom or spa”.

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In terms of finishes, they’ve opted for hardy, robust materials that should be low-maintenance. Any wood has been dried, dressed and treated with a colorless varnish, and the floor is composed of WPC gray deck. Other elements like the steel, are powder-coated and should last a long time, particularly with the hot dry weather.

For more spaces, check out this garden house that’s inspired by the wings of a dragonfly. Or, this mirrored shelter that’s set along the Longxi River in China. See all spaces.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Diego Elgueta

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.