When Imagination Run Wild – Montaña Mágica Lodge, South Chile

“Deep in southern Chile lies the Montaña Mágica Lodge (Magic Mountain Lodge). An extraordinary hotel hidden in the center of a 300,000 acre private nature reserve. The small, 13 room hotel is built in the shape of a volcano that spews water instead of lava. The exterior is covered in rainforest moss and vines and its entrance is only accessible via a suspended, swinging rope bridge. The outdoor hot tubs are carved from the trunks of giant trees. The lodge is located in Los Rios which is within the stunning Huilo-Huilo Unesco biosphere reserve, 242 square miles of lush nature, filled with wildlife.” Nefeli Aggellou, http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jCKPc6T_F1g

Some of the activities you can enjoy besides wondering in the rainforest are wild mini golf, hiking and zip lining. The area is known to be home to the world’s smallest deer species- pudu, which in its mature age reaches just 13in tall.

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The natural stone and flora exterior of the hotel allows it to blend in the surroundings. The effect is strongly supported by the absence of typical parking lot, grand entrances, and glass revolving doors.

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The daily dosage of water which the hotel-volcano erupts is a spectacular event small resemblance to the grand Bellagio Fountain show. However, here the fountain-volcano becomes a natural water source to the surrounding flora and animal habitat.

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Glass roof allows natural light in the spiral central core of the hotel and its small architectural scale becomes advantage in its distribution all to the first floor. At night time one can enjoy a stargazing show.

Build on a biomimicry principle, the hotel has implemented a very practical and simple way of allowing nature trough its interior material and random placement of windows.

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Natural materials, tonality and soft setting present comfortable relaxing indoor atmosphere

 

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