Croxatto & Opazo Holiday Cabins

Perched high above the Pacific Ocean at Matanzas, a coastal community in Chile famous for its miles-long sandy beaches and dramatic rock formations, the two holiday cabins that Santiago-based Croxatto & Opazo Arquitectos designed eschew spaciousness and luxurious amenities for panoramic views, seductive seclusion and a wondrous sense of levitation.

Named after two small bird species native to the region, “La Loica” and “La Tagua” precariously yet elegantly cling to the cliffside like birds resting on a narrow rock ledge. Only 19 and 24 square-metres in floorspace respectively, the compact dwellings feel neither cramped nor confined thanks to their double-height living rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, built-in furniture and generous balconies designed as an extension of the interiors.