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Termas Geométricas

Arquitectura: German del Sol
Local: Parque Nacional de Villarrica, Villarrica, Chile
Fase de Projecto: 2002 - 2004
Fase de Construção: 2005
Fotografias: Guy Wenborne

One of the best activities to enjoy oneselve’s to be done outdoors all year round is to bath in a hot spring. If summer, situated in the middle of the forest freshness; if it dawns, rains, snows or when the night falls; the Geometric Hot Springs profit from around sixty springs of pure hot thermal water, which alltogether gather 15 litres per second that sprout naturally at 80º C temperature.

It’s located in the middle of native forests of the Villarrica National Park, in the 13,5 km of the road that crosses the Park between Coñaripe and Pucón.

To bath with pleasure, in the midst of nature, 17 pools were carved along 450 meters, with red wooden paths and ramp without steps that drive the visitors into the pools and lets them walk through the project to pick a pool to bath in. Thanks to the candlelight, you won’t trip. Neither would you slip on ice or snow because the path is heated with the thermal water that runs under it before being distributed to the pools.

There is a “quincho” (meeting place) built up of pure native assembled (not nailed) wood, which invites to sit and chat after bathing. It’s a covered and warm space around an open fire.

This experience gets to its splendour, maybe because its architecture is precise and clean, it lets to leave our worries and enjoy the pleasure of the bath or observe nature.

The geometry highlights the natural and separes it from the built.
This architecture distingushes the place and makes it irreplaceable.


l7 slate covered pools of natural hot springs waters that flow in plenty along a mountain stream, in the midst of the native forest of the VillarricaNational Park in Chile's southern LakeCountry, 450 miles south of Santiago.

Visitors may confidently stroll along a wooden footbridge and disperse to find a hidden pool to take a bath alone, or in good company with plenty of space to share or contemplate the wild natural surroundings.

The hot springs water is distributed to the pools through wooden conduits that run under the walkway and heat it, keeping it always dry and safe.

Close to every pool there is always a pavilion built with local wood, with private bathrooms, locker rooms, and a deck to rest.

A big roof planted with wild grasses covers a large secluded space to stay by the open fire, look around in silence or have a relaxed conversation, a cup of tea, a glass of mineral water, or some deli sandwich. Or just enjoy the sunshine in the deck around.

The constant movement of water and fire that always change, but go nowhere, appears in all its natural splendour, seducing everyone into a calm spirit.

They are named Termas Geométricas because it is a work of architecture built with strong primitive geometric elements that allows one to be captivated again by natural elements in the midst of the wild brutal nature.

The geometric architecture of the Termas makes it possible to see and enjoy the good side of the unexpected events of nature.

Indulging oneself with this unique experience for the body and soul becomes a sensual rite of water and fire purification which enlightens our senses and arouses our imagination.







Links:
http://germandelsol.cl/
http://www.termasgeometricas.cl/

GoogleEarth:

Não é incrível tudo o que pode caber dentro de um lápis?...

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