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YR Pavilion, Vitacura, Chile by elton_leniz arquitectos + Cruz-Mandiola Arquitectura & Objetos

Project name:
YR Pavilion
Architecture firm:
elton_leniz + Cruz-Mandiola
Vitacura, Santiago, Chile
Estudio Palma, Francisco Cruz
Principal architect:
elton_leniz + Cruz-Mandiola
Design team:
Mirene Elton, Mauricio Leniz, Francisco Cruz, Eugenio Mandiola
Interior design:
Built area:
104 m²
Site area:
856 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Manuel Ruiz
Structural engineer:
Manuel Ruiz
Environmental & MEP:
Rodrigo Tonda (Pasiva)+Manuel Gutiérrez (20 Grados)+Patricio Moya (Instaco)+Ingeniería ICG SA
SV Lighting Design - Gonzalo Saez
Felipe Ramírez
Tools used:
Carlos Torres, Nelson Cid, Luis Cáceres, Rodrigo Oviedo, Roberto Soto, Boris Vera, Juan Pesoa, William Maldonado, Siul Cáceres, Francisco Muñoz, William Cruz, Abel Arriagada, Fernando Godoy, Alexis Acuña, Fabián Carrasco, Jorge Ramírez
Reinforced concrete, steel structure, glass bricks, concrete bricks
Cultural › Pavilion

elton_leniz arquitectos: YR Pavillion is an unusual project. A couple — both art collectors — want to expand their garden with the objective of creating a small private park. In order to do so, a new piece of land is being annexed beside the existing home, that must include a “Folie”, an inhabitable sculpture made up of three facilities: a massage room, a space for exercise, and a bathroom. The new object must be part of the collection of existing sculptures, in addition to allowing for the respective functions.

The extension of the park, with its age-old trees, obliges us to be careful about the orientation and placement decisions. Initially, three circular crystalline forms are proposed, made up of an interior skin of glass bricks, with an exterior skin of concrete bricks. Secondly, they are extended and intersect to form two large volumes: on one side, an isolated massage room, and on the other, the exercise space and the bathroom. Four types of concrete brick were designed to allow the total configuration of the exterior shell, necessary to control solar radiation and provide privacy for each one of the spaces. The metallic structure is hidden between both layers and supports all of the bricks, forming a collaborative system in which all of the pieces participate.

The project is conceived as a “Comprehensive Work of Art”, an opportunity to design and manufacture each of the elements that comprises it: Concrete Bricks, Air Vents, Hand Sinks, Control Boards, Doors, Bronze Pulls, Basalt Benches, Acoustic Ceilings, Perimeter Lighting Hardware, and Pavements, among others.

This merely 45m2 inhabitable sculpture appears to be a rigid, monolithic block during the day, but it allows indirect light to enter through the offset between each brick. As night falls, it becomes fragile and slender, and the interior light is projected outward, illuminating its accompanying garden. Its construction, understood as a handcrafted process, is the result of the intersection between Architecture, Sculpture, and Art.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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