The incontestable and mysterious solemnity of the Strait of Magellan does not allow soft, timid or ambiguous answers. The complexity of an ambitious and diverse program, in which different functions are assembled together to transport us to Antarctica, to exercise, in some way, as a gateway to the white continent, cannot be dismembered in a series of accidentally episodes of form.
The powerful gesture, although silent and solemn, of an extremely simple volume (and, therefore, powerful), is what could dialogue with this place’s special quality. A very long plot of land, segregated in two parts by an intermediate road, is answered with a minimalist, continuous and monumental prism that, rising on the ground, occupies the totality of the land. However, this simple volume encloses a whole universe of spaces and perspectives that goes through the different functional and spatial packages, organizing a continuous and suggestive architectural walk
From the musealized forest to the exhibition halls, from the research sites to acclimated and protected landscaped spaces, routes and spatial chains are organized to be collected in a simple envelope, on a landscape scale.
Images: Virtual Architecture Lab
|Address||Ruta 9, Punta Arenas (Chile)|
|Owner||Ministerio de Obras Públicas de Chile|
|Architecture Team||Albert de Pineda, Silvia Barberà, Alexandra Demetriu, Jenicá Craiu, José María Jiménez, Sebastián Cruz, Ramón Vila, Paola Acevedo|