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Curacautín Food Market

Taller Viga Maestra

Curacautín, Chile

March 2021


Jaime Gatica Martinez



Gobierno Regional de La Araucania


Maria Ignacia Astaburuaga Latorre


It is in this context that the local economies began to reconvert their past of forest exploitation, to assume a new tourist role and with it a series of new public infrastructure facilities seek to promote a new image of the territory and strengthen local enterprises.
The Curacautín Food Market is part of these new facilities and is located jointly with the new Road Terminal, a work also developed by the workshop and which rebuilds the old railway station of the Púa branch. - Lonquimay including its typical station square as a citizen meeting place, generated between both works a whole harmonious whole that will define the new gateway to the tourist destinations that the commune offers.

This new exchange space will be the first in the Araucanía Andina territory that will value the agricultural, food and cultural heritage of the commune.
This work seeks to promote the local tradition, fair trade and become a tourist hostel to strengthen local and sustainable economies.
In programmatic terms, it is a structure intended for the commercial exchange of small tenants, which has 32 sales and exchange premises, a food court with public dining areas and 4 typical food kitchens, plus related services


Curacautín, is a commune of Chile, located in the Region of Araucanía, in the Province of Malleco. It is inserted within a singular and unique geographical framework that contains national parks, thermal centers, volcanoes, lakes and mountain areas that promote tourism as an activity of high value for local economies.
Curacautín is the gateway to the Andean Araucanía macro zone that includes the Kütralkura Geopark, which is part of the UNESCO global network of geoparks, in addition to being directly linked to the Chile-Argentina Bioceanic corridor.
Its location defines unique conditions to become a hub for tourism as a leading city of services for the traveler who ventures into its variety of mountain landscapes.


The general party is generated from two volumes that contain an intermediate space in the form of a small square which will serve to carry out activities of the market and activities of a cultural nature, in addition to this intermediate space inside it contains a volume intended for cocinerías, which is developed under the concept of the stove, gathering the typology of the Mapuche / Pehuenche rukas of the Andean zone.
An extensive skin of wood executed by means of vertically arranged mobile lattice sections seek to act as a climatic skin that helps to control, on the one hand, overexposure to the sun in summer and regulate the flow of the Puelche wind that descends from the mountain range to the valley, typical of this area. geographic.
Within its architectural image and materiality, design elements are taken up that rescue the identity of its geographical and cultural context, such as wood and baseboards covered in volcanic stone, approaching an architecture that reflects a rural and Andean condition inserted within the macro zone called Araucanía Andina, in addition to being spatially linked with the main tree-lined avenue of the commune, point of passage and transfer to the international route and the new road that will be located in the former railway station, constituting as a whole an urban articulation that recovers this public space for the local community.

The predominant structural typology was executed in radiata pine structural wood and main elements of laminated wood. This structural solution was modeled under the Cadwork software and machined with a CNC technology machine for the manufacture of wooden parts by the company Timber, which allowed the execution of a clean work, in less time, contributing to the reduction of the carbon footprint. , in other aspects.

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