▼项目概览，general view ©Patricio Zeiss
With two towers and a trail, I sought to promote the appropriation and restoration of the Boca Maule Marshland, located in the city of Coronel, in southern Chile’s Bio-Bio Region, by building two lookout towers, aligning, with an architectural vision, the local community, academia, the city council and trekking organizations.
The Project emerges from a cross-sectional diagnosis of Chile’s large cities, where the lack of public space, more than lack of free space, is construed as a lack of spaces set up for these ends. Natural “empty” spaces, like marshlands, estuaries, lagoons or hills, are trapped within the urban sprawl or in their devaluation, at the mercy of the market, or close to vulnerable groups. Despite this, with their high natural and scenic value, these places, within urban contexts, are potential public spaces, capable of improving the quality of life of the inhabitants who live around them, in many cases organized neighbors being those who can access public funds for the benefit of their settings. Therefore, it is exactly here that architecture is able to articulate these two conditions with concrete interventions, aligning not just the beneficiaries, but also the players needed to materialize proposals.
▼场地平面图，site plan © Azócar Catrón
▼塔1和塔2轴测图，axons – T1 & T2 © Azócar Catrón
Coronel is a former mining city, known today as a sacrifice area, due to the high contamination indices it has. However, the marshland is an urban oasis in constant recovery. For this reason, we propose two lookout towers, located at the opposite ends of an ecological recovery area, as landmarks that mark out the area. Both towers are monolithic and permeable stacked wooden structures, just like a container, but that have a different content compared with the landscape that surrounds them.
▼从眺望塔看向Boca Maule沼泽栖息地，view to the Boca Maule Marshland from one of the towers ©Patricio Zeiss
The tower at the top of the trail has a square spiral staircase to reveal the marshland, that is hidden along the route. Meanwhile, on the other side, the tower that is at the bottom of the trail has, on a flat space, a small shelter that holds a bench, where an opening frames the scene nearby, and a large hollow on its top frames the sky.
▼塔1轴测和剖面，T1 axon & section © Azócar Catrón
▼塔1外观，T1 exterior view ©Patricio Zeiss
▼内部设有方形螺旋楼梯，square spiral staircase ©Patricio Zeiss
▼顶部开口，the large hollow on the top ©Patricio Zeiss
▼轴测分解图，axon – exploded © Azócar Catrón
Both towers are built as three stacked wooden cubes built by the systematic repetition of a single construction detail where, by their proportion, the scale of the towers is inside a grey area, between the monumental and the fragile, directly hinting at the abandoned machines of the old mining industry nearby.
▼结构细部，structure details ©Patricio Zeiss
From an architectural view, the two towers aim to prove the theory that a series of references in the space are capable, as a one-off investment, of transforming places like these into consolidated public spaces.
▼塔1平面图，T1 plan © Azócar Catrón
▼塔2平面图，T2 plan © Azócar Catrón
Project: Two towers and a trail
Office: Azócar Catrón
Location: Coronel, Chile
Architects in charge: Ricardo Azócar, Carolina Catrón
Colaborators: Stefanía Bello, Esteban Castro, Daniela Cifuentes, Fernando
Cifuentes, Marcela Escobar, Nataly Fuentes, Alex Hernández, Rodrigo Neira, Javiera
Partarrieu, Richard Ríos, Francisca Saelzer, Jorge Soto, Anibal Yévenes.
- Photos: Patricio Zeiss
Model and Collage: Azócar Catrón
Drawings: Azócar Catrón