Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on March 17, 2009
From Chile, the country with the most superb summertime snow skiing in the new world, comes Casa Cachagua, the Forest House by F3 Arquitectos (that’s “architects” for you gringos out there).
The Forest House, located in Cachagua, Chile has created a seamless immersion and union with its forest surroundings through the use of wood for every surface of the residence. That’s right, no white stucco peaking out from underneath the forest canopy, no brick or mortar to stand in stark contrast to the natural beauty within. The floor, walls, and roof blend utterly and completely in harmony with the surrounding forest, and a tree allowed to grow over the entry porch lends to the abode a symbolic meaning that cannot be lost on even the most casual observers.
Humans can create and meld our vision of the world with the vision the world has given us to behold. The next monolithic skyscraper built as testament to the greatness of man will be humbled, at least in my mind, by the quiet beauty of the Forest House.
At least, I hope it wood.