‘The Poetics of Boxes’, an exhibition on the work of Mathias Klotz

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With the exhibition “The Poetics of Boxes” Aedes presents the first monographic show in Europe of the work of Mathias Klotz from Santiago de , currently one of ’s most successful international architects.

Klotz’s works are characterised by their structural clarity. The distinct volumes and lines of his buildings correspond with perfect conceptual rigour to the landscape. In the exhibition this cosmopolitan from the Pacific presents his approaches and working methods. Alongside his work as an architect for over thirty years, Mathias Klotz is also active as filmmaker and photographer. So in a certain way his buildings can be understood as constructed screenplays. They tell the stories of the inhabitants and the surroundings. Klotz’s stylistic devices are framed views, light and shadow, as well as a reduced palette of materials consisting mostly of timber and exposed . Views into and out of the buildings provide a strong connection with the setting. The relationship between inside and outside is a very central theme in Klotz’s oeuvre.

Speaking at the opening, on September 13, will be Pritzker Prize jury member, Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Cristóbal Molina Baeza, Commissioner National Council for Culture and the Arts, Miquel Adriá, Director Arquine, and Mathias Klotz.

More information and images after the break.

Raul House / Mathias Klotz

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Mathias Klotz
Location: Laguna de Aculeo,
Project Architects: (KLOTZ y ASOC), Magdalena Bernstein
Area: 180 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Courtesy of Mathias Klotz

Techos House / Mathias Klotz

Courtesy of Matías Klotz

Architects: Mathias Klotz
Location: San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro Province,
Project Architect: (KLOTZ & asociados)
Area: 650 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Courtesy of Matías Klotz

Video: Nicanor Parra Library / Mathias Klotz, by Cristobal Palma

Architectural photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us his latest video: The Nicanor Parra Library by Chilean architect Mathias Klotz. This new building will serve as the main library for the Diego Portales University, designed as a state of the art green facility awarded with the Green Good Design 2010 award.

This video is part of a series of recent productions by , a dynamic way to see the buildings in detail and while in use. You can see other videos by Palma previously featured at AD:

Based in Santiago, Chile, Cristobal’s work spans architecture, urban and documentary photography. He studied at London’s Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), and his work has been published in numerous titles internationally, with recent commissions by: The New York Times, Monocle, Wallpaper, Domus, Dwell and Architectural Digest. He lives in Santiago, Chile, and works both with architects in Chile and abroad.

Casa Once Mujeres / Mathias Klotz

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Architect: Mathias Klotz (KLOTZ y ASOC)
Location: , , Chile
Collaborator: Baltasar Sanchez
Construction Company: Constructora Beranda
Engineer: Patricio Stagno
Project Area: 486 sqm
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Turner International Studios / Mathias Klotz with Edgardo Minond

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Architect: Mathias Klotz,
Location: Barrio de San Telmo,  Buenos Aires, 
Project Team: Rafael Hevia, Hernán Araujo, Francisco Reyes, Mariano Albornoz
Clientes: Turner Internacional
Strucutral: Alberto Feinstein
Project Area: 2700 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Roland Halbe

Hunter Douglas Plant / Mathias Klotz

Architect: Mathias Klotz
Location: San Bernardo, Santiago,
Collaborator: Baltazar Sanchez
Client: Hunter Douglas
Contractor: Constructora Alcoi
Materials: , Steel
Site Area: 37.000 sqm
Constructed Area: 7.000 sqm
Landscape: Francisca Saelzer
Project Year: 2006 / 2007