UTALCA ARCHITECT WAS FINALIST IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEST
THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE RECEIVED GOOD NEWS: THE "RUCACHORO" PAVILION, THE DEGREE WORK OF ONE OF ITS GRADUATES, WAS HIGHLIGHTED IN A WORLD PRIZE.
July 29, 2016
Again, the project of an architect trained at the Universidad de Talca obtained an important distinction, when chosen for the TERRA Award, which distinguishes the best proposals in the five continents, having in common the use earth as this building material.
In the Quella sector, located in the Province of Cauquenes, between this city and Parral and in the vicinity of the Perquilauquen River, there is a construction called "Rucachoro Pavilion", created by Patyricio Merino as a graduation work to qualify for the Architecture degree of the Universidad de Talca.
This project, which was supervised by Professor Kenneth Gleiser, from the School of Architecture, was conceived following the 2010 earthquake in an area where the destruction of buildings was very high, which resulted in the need of the population to repair as soon as possible the functional infrastructure for the people and organizations who lost their spaces.
"A team from the Universidad de Talca sought to go further and reactivate the uses of ecological and local materials as well as energy-efficient measures in the village of Quella, where winemaking as a craft is threatened by industrial producers. With this pavilion, which emphasizes the production of craft wine and the traditional construction ways, they hope to promote wine tourism activities with other small producers of the Valley", said the academic.
Because of the quality of the work, the project was presented to the TERRA Award International Competition for Architecture with Earth, and it was one of forty finalists from a total of 357 applicants from all five continents. The work competed specifically in the category of Building Activities, one of the nine with awards in the competition.
TERRA Awards is the first world award for contemporary architecture in raw earth and those selected were chosen by a jury composed by experts, gathered in Grenoble, France.
As indicated by the organizers of the prize, the choice of projects was defined by "their architectural quality, their know-how and their insertion into the local territory".
For the organizers of the contest, earth is one of the inevitable materials of the architecture of the future, and the award seeks to put it in value, as well as its contemporary possibilities.
The set of selected works can be appreciate in a book published by the organization and later in a traveling exhibition, which is expected to reach Chile in 2017.