Known as one of the most-respected Chilean architects, Smiljan Radic appeared in the spotlight last June when he unveiled Serpentine Gallery’s 14th annual pavilion: a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure that resembled a shell and rested on large quarry stones.
If his work is considered as vanguard by the profession, it is, most and foremost, his extreme delicacy and care in the details that characterize his projects. An aesthetic at stake in his latest project: Winery Vik, a state of the art structure built in Chile for eponymous Norwegian entrepreneur. “The winery is a great structure partly buried into the land that surrounds it”, Alex Vik explains. “Our aim was to obtain significant energy savings and limited visual impact, while integrating the vineyard into the landscape ». The sculptural, titanium roof was inspired by the surrounding mountains, the wind and the work of Frank Gehry and Richard Serra, which turn the building into a true work of art.
A Guesthouse, upon the hill, completes the architectural experience before a Hotel, designed by Alex and Carrie Vik, opens in a few seasons…
by Clara Le Fort