mauricio a. ureta villagra: observation platform in talca, chile mauricio a. ureta villagra: observation platform in talca, chile
sep 15, 2011

mauricio a. ureta villagra: observation platform in talca, chile

‘estación infiernillo’ by mauricio a. ureta villagra, talca, chile image © mauricio ureta v.

chilean architect mauricio a. ureta villagra has recently completed ‘estación infiernillo’, an observation platform on the south central coast in talca, chile. positioned within a town affected by the tsunami in 2010, the space for pause and contemplation is placed along a route used by local inhabitants and tourists. divided into two diverse events, the lower passage is carved into the steep hill, compressing the procession through the vast landscape emphasizing solely the auditory experience of ocean sounds.

stairs descend into the rock formations while a retaining wall comprised of wooden slats rises to screen and envelope the individual. the higher path leads to an open deck revealing unobstructed panoramic vistas of the coastline and pacific ocean. a bench formed with stacked stones becomes a resting point, while the minimal railing dips to avoid obstructing the vantage point from a seated position.

view of the south pacific image © mauricio ureta v.

pathway cut into the hill image © mauricio ureta v.

aerial view of pathway image © mauricio ureta v.

(left) platform detail (right) platform to view the panoramic vistaas image © mauricio ureta v.

railing detail image © mauricio ureta v.

top view of stairs image © mauricio ureta v.

(left) stairs bordering retaining wall (right) wooden planks edge the rock formations images © mauricio ureta v.

person on platform image © mauricio ureta v.

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  • To build a structure allowing humans the experience of liberation we imagine to be found in eyries is a simple, brilliant act of compassion.
    Every detail is lovingly thought out, beautifully made, and generous in ways not normally seen in public spaces. I am so happy and grateful to know this exists. THANK YOU!!!

    Awakeatlast says:
  • Me alegra ver como en mi querido país todavía nos sentamos a contemplar la naturaleza sólo por el hecho de disfrutarla y creamos arquitectura para ello.

    Jaime says:
  • …beautiful…..it’s one of the “somebody had to do it” things…

    ellizoe says:
  • bien decorativo.
    lindo paisaje.

    Bubba Gum says:
  • That great work! a piece of architecture that seems to be simple, but in reality is very complex, for the floor and the concept.
    Congratulations for think more about the “experience” that in the “appearance”.
    Bravo!

    Pau says:
  • GRANDE HIJOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Buen trabajo…

    Bernardo Gómez says:

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