The pavilion is close to the ruins of an old lighthouse, with direct access from the only road that connects the island’s north and south villages. Its position on the hill dilutes the reference to the cardinal axes, so as to avoid the conflictive distinction between the two ‘sides’ of the local community. A gentle slope falling west touches a horizontal piece in two corners. This uneven ground defines a double access to a raised podium. The diagonal approach to the pavilion establishes a circuit with the ruins as a background. Given the extreme wind, the horizontal format is meant to enclose a protected court, surrounded by two L-shaped multipurpose gallery rooms that can be extended to the central courtyard by sliding glass and steel panels. The access corners are symmetrically divided by a punctual opening in the ceiling. In the other two interior corners the opening is aligned with the perimeter wall. The entire construction is a monolithic concrete structure; it will be an ageless grey presence in a picturesque green field. This inner world of the pavilion, the first ‘useless utility’ place for the island, can be understood as a literal and phenomenal island within an island; a voluntary form of alienation, both hope and absence for its modest residents.
Isla Santa María, XVIII Región, Chile
Proyecto META, Municipalidad de Coronel
Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen
Oscar Maradiaga, Diogo Porto, Constanza Collao, Martina Baratta
Luis Mendieta (estructura structure); Luis Valenzuela, Carlos Martínez (instalaciones mechanical engineering)
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