The Pigeon Loft – A Luxurious House Made From Recycled Materials

Designed by Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados, and set in the Valparaíso region of Chile, this small house is mostly made from recycled materials and components. Dubbed the “La Palomera” (Pigeon Loft), it took just 35 days to construct and contains a total of 969 square feet (square meters) spread across the interior rooms and the exterior deck.


Pigeon Loft - Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados - Chile - Exterior - Humble Homes

The materials for the Pigeon Loft were gathered from a number of previous projects the architects had worked on. After remodelling their offices in Santiago they were left with 37 windows measuring 10.5 feet (3.2 meters) high and of varying widths. 15 of the windows had frosted glass, while another 10 of them were hinged doors.


Pigeon Loft - Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados - Chile - Living Area - Humble Homes

They also held on to a kitchenette and full bathroom suite after the remodel. Upon the completion of a separate project, they acquired timber that was previously used for concrete form work. The wood was put to use in creating the structure of the house, with the salvaged glass panels forming the front and side “walls”.


Pigeon Loft - Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados - Chile - Living Area 2 - Humble Homes

The frosted glass was installed in the bathroom and entrance to provide privacy. The house is set on a small plot that’s an off-cut of a much larger piece of land, which was divided up after the introduction of a link road about 40 years ago.

Pigeon Loft - Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados - Chile - View from Windows - Humble Homes

The architects aimed to create a simple, minimalist and self-sufficient home. It’s set on the very top end of the site in order to take advantage of the amazing sea and mountain views, and features an interior that’s (mostly) free from distraction in order to emphasize the surroundings.

Pigeon Loft - Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados - Chile - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The kitchenette and bathroom are located to the rear of the building with a relatively small amount of space allocated to them. In contrast to this, the main living area (which doubles as the bedroom) contains the most amount of space, with a dining table set in the corner, and a partition wall doubling as storage cabinets.

For more small houses check out this surfers house in Chile by PAARQ Architectos. Or, the House of Trace in London which is set within the confines of an existing home’s brickwork. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados

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.

  1. I agree with Rich.

    Well thought out , economic and sensible use of easily available salvaged materials.

    The home looks larger than it actually is .

    We need more of this thinking , great result.

  2. very creative, visually gorgeous and very functional. the color on the book cases is unusual and a perfect splash.

  3. Can you design a small home for a disabled person (no stairs) built on a slab with in floor heating, no air conditioning and high energy efficiency. Also, on-demand hot water, and one large triple pane door wall, finally all utilities lines and connections inside the house instead of in the walls.