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projects placemakers

AKA Patagonia
Unspoiled and untamed compared with other popular
destinations, Patagonia is a rare beauty where travelers encounter
nature at its finest, from brilliant glaciers and fjords to rugged
steppes and volcanoes. It is this picturesque environment that
Chilean architect Pablo Larroulet sought to capture in designing
AKA Patagonia, a hotel comprising six cabins and one communal
cooking and dining lodge on a site near Puerto Natales in the
Chilean side of the region. "The spaces were designed for guests to
experience the continuous flow of nature inside and out," he says.
Locally sourced untreated lenga timber is Larroulet's material
of choice: cladding the exterior of the buildings, forming a
meandering platform atop 24- to 48-inch-high piles (to make
as little impact as possible on the rural site), and wrapping the
interior walls and ceilings of all the cabins. The continuous design
gesture was all part of his plan to let the outside flow in.
Inside, guests find a comfy bed sheathed in blankets
sourced from traditional wool producers, simple wall-mounted

nightstands, and a dresser. The cabins may be sparsely furnished,
but the almost floor-to-ceiling window walls more than
balance the simplicity, as they cinematically frame the scenery.
"Orientation was key because we needed to maximize natural
light during the day and also [highlight] different views of the
landscape," Larroulet says. By spacing and slightly rotating the
lodges in a staggered configuration, he was also able to ensure
privacy (though it's possible guests might glimpse a peeping llama,
fox, or sheep outside the window).
The construction itself, Larroulet reveals, was the trickiest
part of the project. "Patagonia has extreme weather conditions;
on the same day you can experience rain, sun, snow, and some
of the strongest winds in the world," he says, which led him to
prefabricate the modules offsite to speed up construction. Over
time, the untreated lenga will coalesce with the backdrop even
further. "The beauty of it is that the wood patina changes every
year," Larroulet explains, "but the final color will be a light gray
that contrasts with the yellow grass in autumn and complements
the old constructions near the site."

Locally sourced lenga timber covers the
exterior of AKA Patagonia's six cabins

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Hospitality Design - September 2020
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from the editor
behind the design
sketchbook
interview: on our radar
interview: hospitality’s evolution
interview: chefs and restaurateurs
profile: ido garini
products: art
products: lighting
products: bath
products: outdoor furniture
placemakers
placemakers: aka patagonia
placemakers: taj rishikesh resort & spa
placemakers: palm hotel sri lanka
dining out
dining out: restaurants
dining out: fast casual
dining out: wine bars
dining out: cafès
dining out: hotel f&b
ad index
back space: tre wilcox
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - from the editor
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - behind the design
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - interview: on our radar
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - interview: hospitality’s evolution
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - profile: ido garini
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - products: art
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - products: lighting
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - products: bath
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - products: outdoor furniture
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - placemakers
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - placemakers: aka patagonia
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - placemakers: taj rishikesh resort & spa
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - placemakers: palm hotel sri lanka
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out
Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out: restaurants
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out: fast casual
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out: wine bars
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out: cafès
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Hospitality Design - September 2020 - dining out: hotel f&b
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