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Pabellón YR

elton_léniz arquitectos

Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile

September 2021


Mirene Elton (Architect), Mauricio Léniz (Architect)


Francisco Cruz (Architect), Eugenio Mandiola (Designer)


Patricia Ready


Francisco Cruz


Due to his mobility problems, our client needs certain physical conditioning therapies daily. For this, he asked us to design a small pavilion that would allow him to carry out these activities throughout the year. Three circular glazed volumes are initially proposed, which make up an inner skin of glass bricks and an outer skin of concrete bricks. Subsequently, they extend and intersect, resulting in two large volumes: on the one hand, an isolated massage room, and on the other, an exercise room next to a bathroom. Four types of concrete bricks were designed that allow the total configuration of the exterior envelope necessary to control solar radiation and provide privacy to each of the spaces. The metal structure, hidden between both skins, supports all the bricks, generating a collaborative system where all the pieces participate.

The project is conceived as a 'Total Work of Art,' an opportunity to design and manufacture each of the elements that compose it. This habitable sculpture of only 45m2 appears to be a monolithic and rigid block during the day but allows indirect light to enter through the offset of each brick. As night falls, it becomes fragile and slender, where the interior light is projected outward, illuminating the garden that accompanies it.


YR Pavilion is an unusual project. A couple - both art collectors - wants to expand their garden with the aim of creating a small private park. For this, a new site is attached to the existing house where a 'Folie,' a habitable sculpture, must be included.

Jardín del Este, the name of the neighborhood where this project is located, was designed in 1960 by the national architecture winner Emilio Duhart, a great exponent of modern architecture. Its layout of winding streets with cobblestone paths fused with the road, the low density of the buildings, and its generous vegetation characterize this urban oasis, a faithful reference to the concepts of the 'garden city' in Santiago.

Of the 247 sites that make up this privileged neighborhood, our clients have united three, achieving an area of approximately 3,500 m2 and low density in relation to what was built. The extension of the park, with its mature trees, forces us to be careful with the orientation and location decisions where the new object must be integrated into the collection of existing sculptures.


The climate and interior atmosphere of the pavilion surprise the visitor. The filtered light, its controlled temperature, and acoustic insulation give a special feeling of calm and tranquility. The space, although limited, is perceived as spacious due to the curvature of its perimeter and the verticality of its height. The lighting and air conditioning control system allow a stable condition independent of the outside. It has been very satisfying to know that our client really enjoys being in this space and not just using it for its intended purpose. His relatives told us that he normally spends several hours there every day, using it as a resting place. Its sculptural presence forms an important part of the interior landscape of this small park. The concrete brick skin delivers different readings during the day: a sculptural mass, a continuous fabric, a source of light when night falls. This small park or large garden further lowers the density of a place where greenery predominates.

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