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Looking for a new direction, a couple builds an off-grid house in Patagonia that is shaped like an arrow

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Looking for a new direction, a couple builds an off-grid house in Patagonia that is shaped like an arrow


The founders of Rima, a design studio, have settled in a dwelling facing north where they produce their own electricity and food.

Isabel Pinto and Matías Riveros traded their apartment in Santiago, Chile, for a rental home nearly 625 miles south in the Patagonian resort town of Frutillar in 2018. In 2018, Isabel Pinto and Matias Riveros traded their apartment in Santiago, Chile, for a rental home nearly 625 miles south, in the Patagonian resort town of Frutillar.

At first glance, Frutillar was everything they’d hoped for. It was quiet, safe, and scenic, surrounded by temperate rainforests and a sprawling lake that Matías could bike around. Yet, the couple quickly realized that their rental came with a fatal flaw—a lack of well-aligned windows—that made Patagonia’s cold, dark winters feel exceptionally cruel.

The pitched garage roof is topped with 14 solar panels, which provide much of the home’s electricity (though the couple sometimes switch on a generator in the darker winter months).

“I’m like a lizard who spends her days looking for the sun,” explains Isabel. So, in 2020, when she and Matías enlisted Chilean architect Max Noguera, cofounder of Max-A Arquitectura, to design their first home, ample light was a top request.

See the complete story on Dwell.com. Looking for a new direction, a couple builds an arrow-shaped off-grid home in Patagonia
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