Construido en en El Ranco Province, Chile. Imagenes por Guy Wenborne. El propósito de esta casa es construir un lugar de reunión. La obra surge como un encargo para diseñar una casa que sería ocupada como un lugar de descanso durante fines de semana, vacaciones. this family home by cazú zegers uses a series of curving walls to define the perimeter and sculptural interior.

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Chilean architect Cazu Zegers has completed numerous projects and constructed several buildings in South Caz. Are there any other opportunities for young designers to emerge and promote experimentation and architectural innovation in Chile?

Cazu Zegers: Poetics of the Territory – Domus

I’ve invented a method named Thesis of the Territory, which is the encounter between the poetic word and the territory, a place in which the equivalence between gesture and sign is produced, the caau of a new creation. The name of your design group A. I usually employ local materials. So you know the younger generations of designers, in particular the Chileans. Consequently, approaches zzegers as building in an ephemeral fashion practically without leaving traces, or reconstructing without forcing the building to lose value, or making the landscape resonant so that it conserves the memory of what once existed is without doubt a path to be followed.

Please keep me up to date with special offers and news just by email from carefully selected companies. Caazu, and I devote myself to the Aperture works that invent an idiom; among them is Casa Calawhich I consider to be my thesis house.

Poetics of the Territory Before tonight’s lecture at the MAXXI, the Chilean architect describes her work and process; based on the relationship between poetry and the South American territory, it introduces its own idiom. This heterogeneousness probably also reflects the varying landscapes and territories of Chile, from the Pacific Ocean coastline zegera the mountain areas and the valleys. In what way is this translated in the design of domestic spaces?

Architecture is an art that develops in space and consequently zegerz three-dimensional.

In your design work, the choice of materials and techniques also reflects your point of view and different styles. Yes, there are various architectural competitions for students organized by Chilean companies: The idea that guides my work in Chile is based on the fact that for a seismic southern country such as this —characterised by a territory in permanent friction, struck by earthquakes every ten years, with volcanoes, tsunamis, floods, “white earthquakes” and so on —, faced with a force as beautiful as it is catastrophic, our work has ccazu be light and temporary, placing particular emphasis on low-tech with a high poetic charge.


Its form is also the form of the family that will inhabit it, and for this reason it becomes an ingredient of fundamental importance in the design phase. What do you see as the key values in your design work? Do you think the dialogue between tradition and the contemporary idiom can be an interesting and productive device for the architectural image? Large openings wrap around the structure to connect the residents with the outdoors even on the rainiest of days.

I’ve invented a method named Thesis of the Territorywhich is the encounter between the poetic zwgers and the territory, a place in which the equivalence between gesture and sign is produced, the embryo of a new creation.

I’m thinking in particular of the Hotel del Viento which sits poetically between land and sky, establishing a dialogue between the distant line of the horizon and human scale. Thank you for registering to the zegrrs.

Viento or WindHotel del Viento. This equivalence between gesture and zegera, according to Martin Heideggerinaugurates a “place” in space. Glass is the contemporary material par excellence ; it constitutes by its very nature the “absence of limits” and transforms buildings into, airy, light and transparent structures.

The house was designed as a vacation home for a family, its extended relatives, and friends, so it spans a significant sq m. Anticipating what will come and reflecting in order to give the most appropriate response, without ever losing sight of the value inherent to the places in which they work.

cazú zegers defines whisper house with curving concrete walls in chile

It is the driving wind that determines the topography of the place and the landscape. On the one hand, there is the inspiration offered by the poetic work that determines form and which derives from the natural elements present in the places in which we work; for example, in the case of the hotel, the poetic word spelt: The recently completed Casa LLU follows the tradition of the latter with its wooden, zigzagging forms cutting a strong, poised figure within the lush landscape of southern Chile.


Lateral wings are linked to this central volume and contain the family bedrooms and bathrooms, accessed discreetly via concealed doors. The project, located in a particularly rainy part of Chile, was imagined as a shelter from the elements.

The difficulty is always represented by the control of scale in the territory; that is to say, how to avoid competing with the natural beauty of the place, while at the same time managing not to be absorbed by the landscape.

This is where their high poetic component comes from.

During your career, to what extent have you been influenced by the idea of ciudad abierta conceived and promoted by Amereidaan association founded in your Valparaiso university?

Designed to be both connected to nature and easily accessible for caau users, taking into consideration one of the family members that has particular mobility requirements, most of the house is designed on a single level, with ramps and large doors integrated where needed.

Zegrrs more than ever, now that Chile is in a hurry to develop and the new mineral rush is populating the desert. Workshop; development of the thesis of the territory.

Cazu Zegers [Recent Lecture]

This is why the book collecting my works is entitled Prototypes in the Territory. The architect used a mix of local and contemporary architectural languages. Zegers’ architectural forms are generated by the relationship between poetry and architecture, with great attention paid to the relationships between ways of life, materials and construction.

For example, in Chile there is a significant problem with earthquakes, destroying what little architectural heritage we have. The other difficulty is constituted by more remote questions, such as budgets that never allow room for manoeuvre. Corma, a competition promoting construction in wood, and CAP, which does the same for steel.