Location: Cerro Largo, Uruguay
Climate: Humid subtropical, Temperate
Materials: Wood, Stone
Scale: 760 ㎡ Small
Types: Cultural, Interpretation center, Refurbishment
»Perdida» arises from a glance with gratitude to the passage of time, the routes through its strata, the crossed gazes, the possibility of crossing from one side to the other as if it were a time machine, are opportunities that the project contemplates.
Time -understood as a psychic dimension- and its relationship with nature and artifice make up the leitmotiv of the proposal. The experience of temporal depth is reinforced with the resource of capturing the sense of time, through the use of the image of ruin. The native center whose nucleus resides in the forgotten building, offers an approach between the visitor and the nature present in the place and a research platform for biologists.
A conversation with the old is established, reactivating the abandoned building through a new order architecture. Considering a maximum respect to the built heritage as a document open to future readings, the project is understood from the evocation, rather than from the mere morphological restitution.A monotonous score embraces with force the vestiges of a past architecture. The demands of logic and structural coherence are subordinated, providing support, with the aim of generating a poetic expectation, a sensation of discovery, adventure, and intimacy based on the secret.
In its double condition the plant organized diagramatically around a large garden, establishes from the inside an intense relationship with the old customs lodged in the center, while in its shy and austere exterior presence reinforces the sensation of intrigue and curiosity for the veiled object. The intervention uses connotations that recall the original character of the structure, reusing the old cistern for irrigation of the native garden and the installation of a nearby bird observatory recreates the function of vigil that the old building carried out. Acquiring new qualities are transformed in the present into elements of contact and sensory enjoyment of the landscape.