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Pabellón Los Colihues

Dharq Arquitectos

Casablanca, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

June 2022


Patricio José Huidobro Tornvall (Architect)


Patricio Hernán Huidobro Navarrete (Architect), Moxiel Pulgar (Constructor), Mario Gallardo (Energy Developer)


Patricio Hernán Huidobro Navarrete


Philippe Blanc C.


The pavilion emerges as a bold and functional response to the needs of the rural terrain it occupies. Initially conceived as a support for photovoltaic panels, it aims to provide energy and water while offering a space for gathering and socializing. This structure stands as the first building on virgin land, marking the beginning of its development for future constructions.
The height and angle of the structure were designed to ensure optimal performance of the solar panels, overcoming the common challenges rural areas face to access energy. The combination of metal and wood allowed for the creation of a slender and lightweight structure that harmonizes with the surrounding landscape. The wooden shading system, suspended at 2.5 meters high, creates a comfortable shade that changes throughout the day and with the seasons.
The arrangement of the table, seating, and grill delineates the gathering space, blending function with the structure’s form. Additionally, an area covered by fabrics moderates the climate and provides an open space to the landscape, inviting contemplation and enjoyment of the surrounding nature.
In summary, the pavilion not only fulfills its practical functions but also becomes a landmark and meeting point in the rural landscape, incorporating innovative and sustainable architectural elements that enhance the quality of life for those who inhabit and visit it.


The project establishes a deep relationship with its environment on multiple levels, addressing physical, socio-economical, political, and natural aspects to seamlessly integrate with the site. Located on a 2.2-hectare private land in a rural area of the central valley of Casablanca, Chile, this pavilion emerges as a significant landmark, marking the beginning of the transformation of the extensive undeveloped land on which it stands.
From a physical perspective, the pavilion’s design adapts to the terrain’s characteristics, aiming to maximize sunlight capture of the photovoltaic panel installation and thus ensure water availability. This integration with the natural surroundings is reflected in the choice of materials like metal and wood, enabling the creation of a slender and lightweight structure that blends into the surrounding landscape.
In socio-economical terms, the project addresses the need to implement sustainable energy solutions in rural areas, providing a tangible reference for the local community. Moreover, the building was constructed with local labor, contributing to strengthe the economy and foster a sense of belonging in the community. By providing a space for gathering and interaction with elements like the table, the bench, and the grill, the project promotes social cohesion and cultural exchange.
Politically, the initiative demonstrates a commitment to technological innovation and environmental preservation, aligning with government agendas for renewable energy adoption and sustainable development.


Functionally, the project fulfills its initial objective as a support structure for installing photovoltaic panels, strategically positioned at the highest point of the terrain and oriented to maximize solar energy capture, both in summer and winter. Achieving this involved rotating the pavilion 7° westward to obtain maximum solar azimuth for this specific location, with the panels positioned at a 45° angle from their vertical.
Today, the pavilion serves as the main family gathering place and has also become an interactive play area for children, as its structure allows for the installation of swings and fabrics where children enjoy themselves around the gathering spot.
Structurally, it was a project of trial and experimentation, aiming to use slender elements and greater distances between supports than usual. This allowed for the validation and establishment of new design standards for our team and the new proposals we are developing.

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