July Architecture Spotlight
on the Buildings of Chiloé's
Chiloé is an island that sits on the Pacific Ocean and is located in southern Chile. The architecture of Chiloé is defined by its iconic wooden churches, palafitos (houses built on wooden stilts that stand in water), and beautiful wooden shingles. These wooden shingles cover the exterior walls and roofs of houses, churches, and community buildings on the island. The geometric shapes of the shingles are carved by hand and some are painted with bright colors. The color of the wooden buildings and the shingle designs allow each building to possess a unique identity, while still contributing to the unified style of Chiloé. View some of our favorite Chilean architectural elements below.