Cabin in La Juanita by MAPA Architects


Architecture: MAPA Architects
Partners: Luciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado.
Project Team: Pablo Courreges, Martina Pedreira, Diego Morera, Emiliano Lago, Fabián Sarubbi, Sebastián Lambert, Emilia Dehl, Alejandro Cuadro, Victoria Muniz, Flavio Faggion, Diamela Meyer, Sandra Rodríguez, Agustín Dieste, João Bernardi, Helena Utzig, Lucas Marques, Débora Boniatti, Juliana Colombo, Amanda Cappelatti, Pedro Reichelt, Lilian Wang.
Photography: Aldo Lanzi
Contractor: iHouse
Furniture: Estudio Diario, MadForModern
Location: José Ignacio, Maldonado, Uruguay
Year: 2020


A black box device recording chronicles of private life and playing hide and seek amidst the woods.
A prefab cabin gently camouflages itself into the wooden landscapes of La Juanita, a seaside community on the eastern shores of Uruguay. A seasonal retreat, intimate and comfortable, comprised of twin boxed modules mirrored in their geometry. Materially hiding in plain sight but, at the same time, bringing the feeling of the landscape to its inner surfaces.

Assembled in a factory in Montevideo and transported ready for use to its resting place on a clearing in the woods.
One module for privacy and one for social life, generously opening themselves to the outside and inviting the surroundings into its spaces. Interacting only through a self-effacing transparent connection, built on-site, serving as both an access medium and a small glimpse into the inner goings of domesticity.

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