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.

Shingles painted red on a house in Chiloé. © Jose Ferri.

Shingles painted red on a house in Chiloé. © Jose Ferri.

Blue handmade shingles in Chiloé. © Raul Antonio Alvarez.

Blue handmade shingles in Chiloé© Raul Antonio Alvarez.


Chiloé is an area filled with beautiful, colorful buildings that celebrate the roots of Chile and the craftsmanship of local artisans.


Chiloé is known for its iconic wooden churches that are often covered in bright colors. © Touropia.

Chiloé is known for its iconic wooden churches that are often covered in bright colors. © Touropia.

Houses on wooden stilts located in the Castro area of Chiloé. © Christian Córdova.

Houses on wooden stilts located in the Castro area of Chiloé. © Christian Córdova.

Houses on wooden stilts along the coast of Chile. © Images du Monde

Houses on wooden stilts along the coast of Chile. © Images du Monde