Apolo 11 House by Parra + Edwards Arquitectos
Sheltering a family of architects and musicians, the Apolo 11 House is a great reminder that we are welcome to have a little bit of space of the forest but it is Mother Nature who owns it. Built not to disturb the surrounding forest, this home was designed by the Chilean architectural studio Parra + Edwards Arquitectos and is located in La Reina, Santiago in Chile.
From the architects: “Apollo 11 is a house/studio situated in the middle of a forest of native trees on the outskirts of Santiago at the foot of the Andean cordillera. It was designed as a ‘ship’ that could land in the forest and then later depart, leaving the forest untouched, hence the name Apollo 11. There is also the intent for the space to serve as a laboratory; the house is used as an architecture studio, a rehearsal space and a recording studio for electronic and acoustic music. It is a capsule that has been designed to support its crew – a family of architects and musicians.
Inside the ‘ship’ the inhabitant is a guest, a silent spectator of nature and the forest in all its dimensions; like the transient crew of an observation capsule, having an ephemeral awareness of a place that belongs to them yet cannot be owned.“