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Eco Chic | Morerava Eco Cabins, Easter Island, Chile

September 26, 2011

If you think the design looks like something from a sci-fi movie set, that’s because the location itself is quite unusual. It’s Eater Island, the world’s most isolated island. Rapa Nui, as it is called in Polynesian, is the most remote inhabited island in the world. And it has some very strange remnants from the past, a testament to the ancient culture that once thrived on the island.

Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. A special territory of Chile since 1888, Easter Island is famous for its 887 monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapanui people. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

Santiago-based Architecture Firm AATA Arquitectos Asociados designed the Morerava Eco Cabins on Easter Island. Their eye-catching design are the result of forward-thinking ec0-consciousness, to give minimal impact on the site. And what better way to do that then build the cabins off-site and transport them in pieces and assemble them! Morerava Eco Cabins are pre-fabricated structures.

These Prefabricated Cottages are put on the terrain with the aim of transforming the land as less as possible. In it’s design special attention was given to sun light and cross ventilation to avoid the usage of mechanical systems to achieve thermal and luminance comfort.

AATA Architects are experienced with the building of eco-friendly cabins. The cabins are comfortable and well appointed and are meant to be as eco self sufficient as possible, so as to not damage the delicate ecosystem on the island. The cabins collect and purify their own rainfall, use solar panels and are built so they will do no damage when moved.

The Cabins have a rainwater collection system which stores and treats the water for the re-usage in the cabanas. Water from the network is only used in case this supply runs out . This avoids the over consumption of a resource which is rare on the Island. 

The cabins were designed with special attention to sunlight and cross ventilation to avoid the usage of mechanical systems to achieve thermal and luminance comfort.

Hot water comes from solar heating tanks to the solar panels located on each cottage’s roof, avoiding the use of gas or electricity (which in the island is generated from petrol) for this purpose.

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