WAUM 2015 Workshop Arquitectura Universidad Mayor - Santiago
WAUM 2015 -
WOrkshop arquitectura universidad mayor
PROJECT | PIUKENTËKUN
PLACE | SantiaGO
ROLE | TUTOR
collaborator| sebastian cifiuentes
DATE | 2015
MATERIALS | Excavated rock, twisted wood ribbons
STUDENTS| ANGEL ROLDAN / JORGE SERRA / LUCRECIA BELTRAN / NADIA GONZALES / KAMILA QUEZADA / ANDREA OYARZUN / FRANCISCO ORTIZ / MATIAS GIUNTA / JOSE LONCARICH / JAIME GOMEZ
In response to the brief written for WAUM 2015 : 'Territorial intervention: A New Public Space and Mapuche Center’, Group 3 decided to take a radically brutal approach to the site at the Cerro Blanco hill, to represent a message of the suffering and strength of the Mapuche people.
In principle, the intervention hypothesises the carving of the interior core of the hill, revealing a monumental spatial experience within, with a minimal formal representation on the exterior. The principal materials used were the rock excavated from the hill, twisted wood beams, concrete and light. The carved core acts as a mega- lightwell provoking feelings of deep spiritual awe.
Pilgrims to the site experience the intervention from the southern entrance through a market that encourages the Mapuche to interact with guests through selling their craft products and local traditional foods. The market is shaded with twisted wood beams that draw inspiration from the bean pods of a tree commonly found on site.
As the visitor proceeds inwards, a massive spiralling ramp cantilevers towards the core in a fractal geometry, providing for moments of reflection to the views above and below.
Light is drawn from the pinnacle of the hill through this light well atrium, as well as look-out points that offer frames of particular views around the city. Within these tunnels, the space opens and closes provoking the visitors to touch, feel and appreciate the materiality of the Cerro Blanco that clad the interiors.
Pilgrims may choose to continue going upward, or take a break and walk through these tunnels that end with terraced ‘Miradores’ framing important views of the city. The visitors continue their pilgrimage to the top of the core, which is shaded with a structure similar to that of the market. The structure opens views to the surrounding site looking over to Sta. Lucia and Santiago.