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Astronomical Domes and Cabins Hotel Renovation

When Hotel Elqui Domos in Elqui, Chile wanted to renovate their seven astronomical domes and add several astronomical cabins for their star gazing guests they hired Rodrigo Duque Motta Architects for the job.

The cabins are definitely NOT tiny, and hardly small, at approximately 1765 sq. ft. each. But I still thought the design was inspiring and could be used for inspiration on a smaller scale. And the existing dome renovations are in fact small (and both are just awesome), as you’ll get to see below.

Related: Astronomical Domes for Star Gazers at Elqui Domes Hotel

Astronomical Domes and Star Gazing Cabins Renovation


Images © Cristóbal Palma

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Images © Cristóbal Palma


Renderings © Cinema Arquitectura

Related: Astronomical Domes for Star Gazers at Elqui Domes Hotel

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Tour the dome homes on this post.


Related: Astronomical Domes for Star Gazers at Elqui Domes Hotel

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  • Paul
    October 14, 2014, 4:25 pm

    Interesting to see… but, it will be interesting to see if in 10 years whether these will be so passé.

    My experience is that this will be so. We have had a number of developments in my home town of Wellington (NZ) where structures like this have rapidly become decaying blights on the landscape.

  • Comet
    October 15, 2014, 10:12 am

    LOL yes we too have a bunch of old abandoned “Dome Homes” and a surprising number of decaying “A”-frames around here in the mountains of NY. Not to mention a lot of even older cabins from old motels. And quite a number of substantial abandoned actual HOUSES many from the 1800’s which make me cry.

    The sad part about these boutique hotels is that so FEW people can AFFORD to go stay there—many have several night requirements TO stay there that is just out of reach of most. When we travel we rarely stay more than one night in any one place and if we DO go somewheres for a longer period we NEED to have it be VERY affordable. OF course–my idea of affordable and some one ELSES is probably vastly different!

    We have seen more than our share of abandoned or soon to BE abandonded ski hotels and lodges as the ski industry has priced itseof out of todays market. There was a HUGE boom here in ski area second homes and these are often forclosed on and left to rot. These are sometimes million dollar places that no local can afford to buy and no bank is going to let go or rent out. And a lot of these were not well built but cost the earth.


  • Therese Brosnan
    December 21, 2014, 1:37 pm

    Agreed, and clarifying the points I understand being made, it’s a function of economics rather than aesthetics that undermines support for these structures. Which is a very important distinction for many reasons.

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