Architecture of the Palafitos of Castro, Chiloe

The stilt houses are of an architecture built with native woods from the evergreen forest of Chiloe, the piles on the water are from dense wood of luma or cypress from Guaitecas, and the wall and roofs coverings, such as tiles, are made of alerce wood.

They have two fronts, one facing the street and another towards the sea that serves as a terrace-dock where the boats are moored; they are often interconnected trough wooden bridges. These characteristics were forming a relationship between the sea and the land.

The constructions were located on fiscal lands. The gratuitousness of the illegally occupied land, made the cost was enormously cheaper. Is for this reason the inhabitants have historically been associated with poverty and precariousness.

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