Indigo Patagonia hotel by Sebastián Irarrázaval, Puerto Natales – Chile

May 3rd, 2013 by retail design blog

In the very deep south—nearly to Antarctica—is a modern hotel that looks somewhat foreboding at first glance. On closer inspection, you’ll find the place alternately cozy and grand, private and social, meant to evoke the simultaneously calming and awe-inspiring Patagonian wild beyond.

Located in Puerto Natales, Chile, Indigo Patagonia was designed by Chilean architect Sebastián Irarrázaval and driven by three guiding concepts. The first: that a visitor should discover the hotel in “glances,” not as a whole, just as a visitor to Patagonia would discover its famous diversity one valley, glacier, or flower at a time.

The second tenet was to be as sensitive to the provincial character of the region as possible, and to prevent the hotel from adding “noise” of any kind. The third driving force was to radically differentiate the coziness of private spaces from the vastness of public ones, mimicking the contrast between the inviolably private places to be found in the Patagonian wild with its famously monumental scale.

Photography by Cristobal Palma & Kyle Hepp

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