￼La Leonera is the result of a collaborative process over what must become of a Mountain Retreat. Revisiting decisions with the clients back and forth made bespoke architecture for its users a nourishing experience of participation. Rather unexpectedly, the result is an interesting correlation of balance between expectations and ￼propositions.
Strictly speaking, an A-frame house, this typology related to mountain building in Chile is scrutinized. Two geometrically independent volumes –rectangle and triangle- are tested and proportioned to preserve plainness.
The first in reinforced concrete becomes the base, containing and blending with the terrain whilst providing support to its pristine counterpart. Inside the A-frame, in stark contrast with the context, a proportioned void of timber trusses provides ambient warmth to its occupiers.
This graceful craft buttresses on a concrete sleigh, which in both extremes folds upwards hiding the inverted beams and creating a distance against the striking landscape. The result is a platform detached from the ground to deliver lightness -and a log-piling gap- against the ground.
A wooden stair in the far end of the floorplan, vertically connects both volumes, which in addition to the strict
control over the windows, make this house a continuous experience of tension and dominium of the landscape.
￼Thermally wise it is a highly insulated unitary volume with a controlled perimeter. The Retreat portrays a substantial sun-oriented glazed façade, which captures the abundant winter radiation transforming it in heat ￼and storing it in the thermally massive concrete elements.
Openings towards colder orientations are minimised ￼whilst considerable insulation is specified in the fabric.