Name Observatory, Birdwatching Circuit / Mauricio Orlando Rojas Riquelme

  • 16 Jun 2013
  • Landscape Selected Works
© Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme

Architects: Mauricio Orlando Rojas Riquelme
Location: ,
Guide Architect: Gregorio Brugnoli Errázuriz
Area: 78 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme

Materials: Wood, Bamboo
Total Cost: $1.586.679 ($20.161/m2)
Coordinates: Lat 35° 44’52.14”S, Long 72° 13’07.02”O

© Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme

Located at the “Cienaga del Name” lagoon banks, it’s placed within a private property with the same name.

It is located on the south hillside of an esplanade that falls down towards the wetland.

© Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme

The project is originated from three fundamental aspects that links owners, territory and material.

The first one is the premise that the owners of the land will not intervene the terrace, this only condition makes the idea of living the slope, and to use the terrace only as the way of acceding to the project. Using the height over the lagoon and it landscapes possibilities.

© Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme

The second aspect is from the point of view of the landscape, which due the own local qualities, depending on the position of the observer, is possible to identify the different environmental units.

And this way, being able to estimate what the wetland characterizes as prior site of the conservation, which is it extension, ecological diversity, eventual threats and potentials of development.

© Mauricio O. Rojas Riquelme

And the third aspect refers to being able of standing unnoticed in the environment, using the properties of camouflage and concealment that the animals that lives in the lagoon use.

Using material that go with the rural image and its natural environment that has the sensitivity of talking between the natural and, therefore “random” with the elaborated and rationalized.


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