The name of the residence designed by architect Cazù Zegers "Casa del Fuego" pays tribute to the ancient and powerful volcanoes in this area. It was created as a meeting place for a large extended family, and has to comfortably accommodate 8 family groups.
The site chosen is a hill opposite Lake Maihue and the architect has used the orography of the area to articulate the building on various levels.
The fire as a domestic hearth becomes the central theme of the composition, as in the traditional homes of the Mapuche (Mapuce ruca), where the architecture was developed around a fire.
The architect decided to create two homes, one dedicated to adults and another to children. The Casa del Fuego therefore has three main elements linked by a pathway.
The fire as a meeting place for the family and a central point of the composition generates the surrounding space, which has aspiral motion with clear references to the shape of a galaxy in space.
Design: Cazú Zegers (Cazú Zegers Arquitectura)
Place: Lago Maihue, XIV Región, Chile
Images courtesy of Cazú Zegers Arquitectura photo by: Cristina Alemparte, Juan Purcell