Emerging from the landscape, like a rippled dune or a well-preserved fossil piece formed by nature and eventually returning to nature, Tierra Patagonia is a boutique 40-room all-inclusive eco-resort located on the stunning shores of Lake Sarmiento in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.
Without detracting from the mystical beauty of the Patagonian landscape, Cazu Zegers Arquitectura have created a structure that appears to have been born by Mother Earth. Clad completely in local sustainable Lenga timber, the exterior continues to weather, imparting a transient silvery patina with each season passing.
Designed like that of a second skin simply to ‘shelter’ guests from the elements, the interiors are minimally measured with details and furnishings handcrafted by indigenous artisans using local timber in every form and guise, and Patagonian textiles of local wools, leather and hide conveys both warmth and intimacy without taking the spotlight away from the surroundings. Here is a beautiful dialogue between architecture, the land, elements and local culture. Someone asked me what is on the top of my bucket list the other day, here it is – to go to the end of the world and stay here.