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James
Wednesday 04 Nov 2009

Isay Weinfeld cmpletes new project in Uruguay

Las Piedras Fasano is a development in Punta del Este, Uruguay. It combines private homes, hotel bungalows and other amenities - spa, equestrian center, polo fields and a 3-km beach stretch on the riverside of Arroyo Maldonado, spreading across a vast 480 hectares dominated by a dramatic and dazzling landscape; arid, rocky, with sparse low vegetation.The scenery inspired the previous owner to erect, with the rocks found in the area, his home and anannex.Upon our arrival to the first land reconnaissance visit, we had no doubt those buildings – rustic andof unique workmanship – should be preserved.

The detailed study of the program/client brief led us to resort to scattering the units making up thecomplex, conceived and distributed as isolated modules that “landed naturally” on the terrain, suchas the rocks themselves – a solution intended at preventing the erection of massive buildings orvolumes that might excessively interfere with the landscape. It also led to the decision of setting thehotel reception at the ancient home and, at the annex – formerly, the owner's private quarters - thehotel bar.

Once the urban master plan for the development was defined, the renovation project of bothbuildings started – the only facilities currently ready and in use at the development.Very few interventions were made to the annex, built on the highest point of the property and offeringprime views of the surroundings: internally, the wooden walls, floors, doors, windows e ceilings werekept; externally, a new wooden deck, at a lower level, was added to the existing one.Interconnected to the annex, a completely new volume was built, to house the kitchen andsupporting facilities: made of raw concrete and slightly lower than the stone house, it establishes arespectful relationship with it and does not stick out in the rocky landscape in any way.

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