Access to the Project:

In 2006, the track was in poor state, with many small river crossings, water logged sections, and exposed rocks.  There was no vehicle access beyond 6.5 kms (about 16.5 kms from the main road). In 2006 and 2007 it was necessary to improve access to the property. A road was constructed to the site for the main house and culverts were installed at small river crossings and problematic wet areas.  Some bridges were rebuilt.  4 x 4 vehicle access is allowed for about 6.5 kms through the property, but the road remains vulnerable to damage from vehicles.  The road remains not accessible for vehicles beyond that point.  

More Photos of the road now

December 2018

The sequence of actions for a restoration Project set in a destroyed and very remote area,

still used for cattle raising:

  1. 1. The very first action : remove cattle and ensure efficient protection of the area from cattle. 2 cows can be as

    damaging as 2000 cows.

  1. 2. Set minimal operational support, such as housing, energy supply. Do not count on using local material

    at the start.

  1. 3. Ensure that you have all necessary minimum equipment at hand, shops are inaccessible.

  2. 4. Assess the need of building access, in particular the consequences of opening access to the area and bringing

   elements potentially damaging for Nature regeneration and protection.


  Round shaped, without separations inside. This  shape, with windows  all over the curved wall, allows to live in constant interaction with the surrounding ecosystem.  

The house may be heated by one round rotating fireplace. The wood fire was chosen as the main

heating method as there is a lot of dead wood on the property left by the degradation of the ecosystem of the valley.

The floor is made of terracotta, it accumulates the  sun heat during the day and releases it at night.

Pipes from the stove passing under the terracotta heat the floor and the heaters.

round fireplace

The house is insulated with straw bales and white plastered. The outside is made of local wood.

road in valley Leones

Building far away from the main road is difficult.

Here is the garage roof traveling on the precarious dirt road to the construction site.

The roof is covered with tiles of self-dead alerce hardwood.

house of strowbails

Architect :

Francisco Croxatto