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At 80 square meters your individual villa at Awasi Patagonia may be bigger than your apartment! Planked wooden floors and walls (made from the same wood as the surrounding woodland, native lenga and ñirre trees) span from the open-plan sitting room and bedroom, to the large bathroom with its bathtub and shower, and out to your private wooden hot tub. At one end of the villa a wood-burning stove makes a cosy spot to curl up with a book after a day out trekking, horse riding, biking or kayaking around icebergs. Although every comfort has been thought of, the idea for these villas came from the humblest origin: the gaucho's outpost. These small huts, typically made of corrugated iron, have large stoves inside and serve as a well-needed shelter for gauchos as they ride across the Patagonian Steppe checking on their livestock. Taking the simple architecture as an inspiration, Chilean architect Felipe Assadi created these twelve villas, building them on stilts for minimal environmental impact.
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