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  7. Termas Geométricas Hot Springs Complex / Germán del Sol

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs Complex / Germán del Sol

  • 01:00 - 25 December, 2014
Termas Geométricas Hot Springs Complex / Germán del Sol
Termas Geométricas Hot Springs Complex / Germán del Sol, © Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne + 63

  • Structural Engineering

    Fernando del Sol V.
  • Building Contractor

    José Luis Ibañez G.
  • Consultant

    Sanitary Consultant, Francisco Cervantes.
  • Job Captain

    Eliseo Barriga.
  • Site Area

    4.700 sqm
  • 1st Project Phase Dates

    2002 - 2004
  • 2nd Project Phase Dates

    2007 - 2009
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne

17 slate covered pools of natural
hot springs waters that flow in plenty
along a mountain stream,
in the midst of the native forest
of the Villarrica National Park
in Chile's southern Lake Country,
450 miles south of Santiago.

General Plan
General Plan

Dressing rooms Bathrooms Details Sections Quincho + 63

Visitors may confidently stroll
along a wooden footbridge and disperse
to find a hidden pool to take a bath alone,
or in good company
with plenty of space to share
or contemplate
the wild natural surroundings.

© Felipe Camus
© Felipe Camus

© Felipe Camus © Felipe Camus © Felipe Camus © Felipe Camus + 63

The hot springs water is distributed
to the pools through wooden conduits
that run under the walkway
and heat it, keeping it always dry and safe.

Close to every pool there is always
a pavilion built with local wood,
with private bathrooms,
locker rooms, and a deck to rest.

© Felipe Camus
© Felipe Camus

A big roof planted with wild grasses
covers a large secluded space
to stay by the open fire,
look around in silence
or have a relaxed conversation,
a cup of tea, a glass of mineral water,
or some deli sandwich.
Or just enjoy the sunshine in the deck around.
The constant movement of water
and fire that always change,
but go nowhere,
appears in all its natural splendour,
seducing everyone into a calm spirit

Motifs of Inspiration. Image © Germán del Sol
Motifs of Inspiration. Image © Germán del Sol

Motifs of Inspiration: Tumbas Geométricas. Image © Germán del Sol Motifs of Inspiration. Image © Germán del Sol Motifs of Inspiration. Image © Germán del Sol Motifs of Inspiration: Kaii Higashiyama. Image © Germán del Sol + 63

They are named Termas Geométricas
because it is a work of architecture
built with strong primitive geometric elements
that allows one to be captivated again
by natural elements in the midst
of the wild brutal nature.

© José Luis Ibáñez
© José Luis Ibáñez

© José Luis Ibáñez © Germán del Sol © José Luis Ibáñez © José Luis Ibáñez + 63

The geometric architecture of the Termas
makes it possible to see and enjoy
the good side of the unexpected
events of nature.

© Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne

Indulging oneself with this unique experience
for the body and soul becomes
a sensual rite of water and fire purification which
enlightens our senses and arouses our imagination.

Germán del Sol, architect.

© Felipe Camus
© Felipe Camus

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Cite: "Termas Geométricas Hot Springs Complex / Germán del Sol" 25 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/579931/termas-geometricas-hot-springs-complex-german-del-sol/> ISSN 0719-8884