Friday18 August 2017

Sergison Bates designs Chile quake-legacy pavilion

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Sergison Bates has designed a community pavilion for a site in Quidico, Chile.

The scheme is part of the Meta project - an initiative to build 10 cultural buildings in coastal communities that were damaged by last February’s earthquake.

They have been designed by a roster of international practices, including Studio Mumbai from India, the Portuguese architect Paulo David, and Brussels-based Office Kersten Geers David van Severen. Each has been invited to participate by the Chilean architect Pezo von Ellrichshausen, which has also designed one of the buildings.

Sergison Bates’ pavilion employs an exposed, roughly cast concrete frame, the weight and materiality of which resonates with the adjacent rocks and sea defences. An asphalt-faced roof, contained by copper trims buckles midway across the plan. The columns remain perpendicular to the roof with the effect that those facing the beach are skewed at an angle to the ground.

Set within this temple-like form is a volume comprising a large six-sided hall and a number of smaller rooms that are faced externally in rough wooden boarding stained charcoal-black.

The interior of the hall is also timber-lined and looks out to sea through a wall of large, sliding glass doors.

The room is further characterised by two large concrete columns and a decorated ceramic floor. On the beachside, a terrace sits beneath the concrete roof.


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  • flow

    Nice. Love the Patrick Caulfield-inspired interior line perspectives. Very cultural. I remember doing one of those at university. And it's St Patrick's day as well! Was this planned?

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  • Mike Duriez

    Nice perspective, shame about the architecture (if any).

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  • Mike. I think, in fairness, if you are going to start levelling the accusation of 'not doing architecture' then Sergison Bates are probably not the right targets.

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