Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glazing, this light-filled retreat embraces the Guatemalan forest from all angles.

"The roof on the new modules has the same angle as the original hut, but reversed, giving value to the original project, while the new modules acquire a new identity inspired by the pre-existing architectural object," Alejandro says.

Built in 1965, a modest, gabled hut on the outskirts of Guatemala City has been transformed into an expansive 4,467-square-foot getaway by architect Alejandro Paz of local studio Paz Arquitectura, who walked a fine line between adhering to the original architectural style and injecting new elements that blur the line between indoors and out.

Like the original construction, the additions have been mainly built of timber, steel, and glass.

Like the original construction, the additions have been mainly built of timber, steel, and glass.

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In response to the owner’s desire for a larger bedroom and greater space for entertaining, Alejandro designed two additions on either side of the compact hut. One houses an open-plan living room, dining area, and kitchen, while the other contains the master suite with a sitting area. The original hut has been modified into the guest quarters.

A diagram of La Cabañita's original small hut raised on a cantilevered platform.
La Cabañita Diagram.

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