Faro Pavilion, Isla Santa María
Pezo von Ellrichshausen 

Faro Pavilion, Isla Santa María

Pezo von Ellrichshausen 

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.

Ubicación Location

Isla Santa María, XVIII Región, Chile

Cliente Client

Proyecto META, Municipalidad de Coronel

Arquitectos Architects

Mauricio Pezo, Sofía von Ellrichshausen

Colaboradores Collaborators

Oscar Maradiaga, Diogo Porto, Constanza Collao, Martina Baratta

Consultores Consultants

Luis Mendieta (estructura structure); Luis Valenzuela, Carlos Martínez (instalaciones mechanical engineering)

Superficie sitio Plot area

3.950 m²

Superficie construida Built area

246 m²