Cazú Zegers

Santiago de Chile, Chile
The firm outlines a different take towards Chilean architecture, searching for an expressive architecture, closely related to Chile, its territory, landscape and vernacular building traditions.  Hence, the work developed by the firm, is not designed to be a “finished work”, but a “work in progress” that involves a poetic reflection about the way we inhabit the territory.  In a way, these are “prototypes in the territory” (Monographic book, published by Ediciones ARQ on 2008). The Tierra Patagonia Hotel is an excellent example of this artistic and creative statement. The firm has a unique way of undertaking the design process, starting from the relationship between poetry and architecture.  This concept comes from the Amereida thesis (book published by Ediciones de la Escuela de Arquitectura UCV).  This thesis states that Christopher Columbus was on its way to India, as he found America as a gift.  Amereida invites us, the habitants of America, to build a new language, with shapes that correspond to our “latino” heritage in an american world.  We should accept ourselves as a new culture, the Latin Americans, and from this source, find a new way to dialogue with global paradigms.

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