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Barnyard open refuge: The Shadow
Barnyard open refuge: The Shadow

Barnyard open refuge: The Shadow
Barnyard open refuge: The Shadow

Minimum infrastructure for the thermal bath: The Trace
Minimum infrastructure for the thermal bath: The Trace

Minimum infrastructure for the thermal bath: The Trace
Minimum infrastructure for the thermal bath: The Trace

Los Cóndores Lookout: The Line
Los Cóndores Lookout: The Line

Los Cóndores Lookout: The Line
Los Cóndores Lookout: The Line




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INHABITING HIGHEST IN THE ANDES
University of Talca
ARCHITECTURE,LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Three works that value Maule’s cattlemen
El Campanario is a piece of land high in the Andes, located along the international route that connects Chile and Argentina through the Pehuenche border crossing. This route has opened up the area to tourism, sporadically so far, but enormous in potential. But its main inhabitants are cattlemen who have been there for decades, using water and grass in spring and summer. Up by the side of the river, four kilometers off the road, lies a hotspring called Baños del Campanario, whose wells are shaped by river water every year after the snow melts, in spring and summer, giving form to several small pools of mineral water ranging from 22 to 35 degrees in temperature and said to be healthy. Despite its qualities, this overwhelming landscape lacks appropriate infrastructure for the scale and function of those who use it. Along an old path used to move cattle up and down through the mountains, three interventions built on this landscape coexist and enhance each other. They are a line, a trace and a shadow. Together, they cover a total length of five kilometres. Its location is aligned with the wind that blows up the river basin from east to west. Or as the cattlemen used to call it: from travesía to puelche, words taken from Araucanian language. The Line is a sightseeing spot located near the roadside, which opens the view to the wide Campanario Valley and allows passersby to observe traces of those who inhabit the riverside, flanked by peaks and volcanoes. The Trace provides the minimum infrastructure required for the thermal bath, offering a resting area and place where people can dry themselves comfortably away from the ground. It is located four kilometres up by the riverside. The Shadow is a shelter built of wood sawn by hand at the foothills of the coastal range. It provides a resting spot for the cattler who can keep an eye on his cattle, and also offers a place where he can spend the night.