YEPUN ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATORY, CHILE

Susana Herrera & Factoria reused an old wooden structure to build an observatory on the shore of Lake Lanalhue, as part of a series of architectural and tourist projects.
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THE ARCHITECTURAL OBJECT The 2010 earthquake had made available the small Kurem Cylindrical Building, which used to be the reception of the demolished old hotel, which was now being built on the shores of the Lake. We worked with scarce resources, so it was natural to choose to recondition the old Kurem Building to transform it into the Observatory.  Susana Herrera & FACTORIA

THE ARCHITECTURAL OBJECT The 2010 earthquake had made available the small Kurem Cylindrical Building, which used to be the reception of the demolished old hotel, which was now being built on the shores of the Lake. We worked with scarce resources, so it was natural to choose to recondition the old Kurem Building to transform it into the Observatory. Susana Herrera & FACTORIA

THE ARCHITECTURAL OBJECT The 2010 earthquake had made available the small Kurem Cylindrical Building, which used to be the reception of the demolished old hotel, which was now being built on the shores of the Lake. We worked with scarce resources, so it was natural to choose to recondition the old Kurem Building to transform it into the Observatory.   Susana Herrera & FACTORIA

THE ARCHITECTURAL OBJECT The 2010 earthquake had made available the small Kurem Cylindrical Building, which used to be the reception of the demolished old hotel, which was now being built on the shores of the Lake. We worked with scarce resources, so it was natural to choose to recondition the old Kurem Building to transform it into the Observatory. Susana Herrera & FACTORIA

You continue to rise, and the museological experience begins with the subtle archigraphy of laser engraving on lightly lit acrylics and oblique geometries inserted into the rhythmic wooden supports. Almost at the top, a small staircase takes you to the end of the route, to a circular space formed by a perimeter bench and a central pedestal where you meet the telescope. Once here, the ceiling is opened as necessary, so that the telescope's lens allows you to observe the cosmos

You continue to rise, and the museological experience begins with the subtle archigraphy of laser engraving on lightly lit acrylics and oblique geometries inserted into the rhythmic wooden supports. Almost at the top, a small staircase takes you to the end of the route, to a circular space formed by a perimeter bench and a central pedestal where you meet the telescope. Once here, the ceiling is opened as necessary, so that the telescope's lens allows you to observe the cosmos

In the two spans with lower radius of curvature, we placed vertical diagonals of Oregon pine in the shape of a cross to avoid very large drifts in the upper level. On the top floor; where the telescope is located, a rigid plane was designed in which steel beams formed by two connected channels forming an "I" beam were placed.

In the two spans with lower radius of curvature, we placed vertical diagonals of Oregon pine in the shape of a cross to avoid very large drifts in the upper level. On the top floor; where the telescope is located, a rigid plane was designed in which steel beams formed by two connected channels forming an "I" beam were placed.

Yepún is one of the last works developed by Susana Herrera & Factoría in Lake Lanalhue. And like others, it is part of the continuity of a series of architectural and tourist projects that have been developed in the province of Arauco for more than a decade. And as such, it is an articulating architectural piece that becomes a landmark along with others, with a very specific tourist programme, become an Astronomical Observatory Tourist Ethnic.  #factoria #susanaherrera #chile

Yepún is one of the last works developed by Susana Herrera & Factoría in Lake Lanalhue. And like others, it is part of the continuity of a series of architectural and tourist projects that have been developed in the province of Arauco for more than a decade. And as such, it is an articulating architectural piece that becomes a landmark along with others, with a very specific tourist programme, become an Astronomical Observatory Tourist Ethnic. #factoria #susanaherrera #chile

En el interior una rampa voladiza contornea todo el perímetro  generando un uniespacio interior libre, y así mientras el visitante asciende experimenta una suerte de museológica en los muros por los acrílicos iluminados sutilmente.

En el interior una rampa voladiza contornea todo el perímetro generando un uniespacio interior libre, y así mientras el visitante asciende experimenta una suerte de museológica en los muros por los acrílicos iluminados sutilmente.

Yepún, el Observatorio Astronómico y Turístico de madera que rompe todas las convenciones y propone integrar culturas ancestrales y culturas foráneas en un punto específico del borde del mundo.

Yepún, el Observatorio Astronómico y Turístico de madera que rompe todas las convenciones y propone integrar culturas ancestrales y culturas foráneas en un punto específico del borde del mundo.

You continue to rise, and the museological experience begins with the subtle archigraphy of laser engraving on lightly lit acrylics and oblique geometries inserted into the rhythmic wooden supports. Almost at the top, a small staircase takes you to the end of the route, to a circular space formed by a perimeter bench and a central pedestal where you meet the telescope. Once here, the ceiling is opened as necessary, so that the telescope's lens allows you to observe the cosmos

You continue to rise, and the museological experience begins with the subtle archigraphy of laser engraving on lightly lit acrylics and oblique geometries inserted into the rhythmic wooden supports. Almost at the top, a small staircase takes you to the end of the route, to a circular space formed by a perimeter bench and a central pedestal where you meet the telescope. Once here, the ceiling is opened as necessary, so that the telescope's lens allows you to observe the cosmos

The intermediate dimension is embodied by the west side of the building.  The slenderness and closed skin of the Yepún is a perfect backdrop for the lateral amphitheater formed by the stairs of the Metawe Building and the square that separates them. This vitalizes the public space ideal for concerts, marriages and backdrop for movies and shows.

The intermediate dimension is embodied by the west side of the building. The slenderness and closed skin of the Yepún is a perfect backdrop for the lateral amphitheater formed by the stairs of the Metawe Building and the square that separates them. This vitalizes the public space ideal for concerts, marriages and backdrop for movies and shows.

The intermediate dimension is embodied by the west side of the building.  The slenderness and closed skin of the Yepún is a perfect backdrop for the lateral amphitheater formed by the stairs of the Metawe Building and the square that separates them. This vitalizes the public space ideal for concerts, marriages and backdrop for movies and shows.

The intermediate dimension is embodied by the west side of the building. The slenderness and closed skin of the Yepún is a perfect backdrop for the lateral amphitheater formed by the stairs of the Metawe Building and the square that separates them. This vitalizes the public space ideal for concerts, marriages and backdrop for movies and shows.

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