Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa's YAP pavilion mirrors distortions

SANTIAGO – Life is too predictable. This could have been the underlying message of the summer pavilion designed by the 29-year-old Chilean architects Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa located in Parque Araucano in the city of Santiago.

Part of the Young Architect’s Program (YAP) organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in collaboration with MoMA PS1, the two architects answered the brief of ‘a place to enjoy summer afternoons among water and shade and in company of music and or DJ performances’ with an uncontrollable experience full of surprises that in the words of Hevia: ‘takes the users of the park out of their daily routine’.

The materialisation of their concept of estrangement is two-fold. At first, the architects picked several elements of nature – green spongy slopes, colourful wild flowers and a small running creek – and combined them into one surreal landscape which they thought would be ‘the most pleasant environment to walk through’.

Next, they placed three steel bi-dimensional planes into this artificially made ‘natural’ landscape. Their curves and counter-curves produce different inside and outside-like spaces while the mirrored surfaces submerge visitors into a colourful spectra of reflections.

Axonometric of the pavilion. Image Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa

‘The whole construction works as a device that interacts with the visitors to the point that they touch it or relate with it in different ways’, says Hevia of the pavilion’s emphasis on atmospheric perception rather than physicality. ‘The reflection, multiplication and deformation of the person is an unconventional experience that isn’t found anywhere else’.

Video courtesy of YAP

Photos Nico Saieh

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