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Carlos Jarpa’s Vigilante Maule Is a Timber Frame Tower Looking Out Over Chile’s Vineyards

Posted By Diane Pham On May 25, 2012 @ 10:55 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | No Comments


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Jarpa [5]wanted to create a tower whose structure would be self-supporting and would not require external additions for support. He turned to a jointed grid-shell system, which would not only provide for a strong and sturdy construction, but a flexibility that would allow the tower [7]to be manipulated into complex shapes with dynamic planes. This structural system joined with a hyperboloid shape perfectly manages to transfer the heavy loads evenly throughout the volume. The airy, open grid construction also provides a visual lightness to the structure that melds well with the surrounding landscape.

The tower [8] was built with treated 2×2″ pine slats joined together by a system of modular metal plates. The base of the tower is set on a rectangular platform that not only provides extra stability, but an additional place for visitors to play and repose. The entire structure took just 3 days to assemble on-site.

Inspired by the watchtowers that were formerly used on farms to monitor crops, Japra saw his tower [9]as an opportunity to invite visitors to enjoy all the glory of vineyards without requiring them to tour the entire place.

+ Carlos Jarpa [5]

Via Platforma Arquitectura [10]


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[3] Wine: http://inhabitat.com/this-awesome-drum-set-is-made-from-repurposed-wine-barrels/

[4] Maule Vineyard Homes: http://www.winesofchile.org/the-wines/wine-regions/maule-valley/

[5] Carlos Jarpa: http://vigilantedelmaule.tumblr.com/

[6] Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Talca: http://www.talca.org/

[7] tower : http://inhabitat.com/south-korea-builds-worlds-tallest-lego-tower/

[8] tower: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/bellboy-new-york-upcycles-a-park-avenue-water-tower-into-a-sexy-wooden-chair-for-12-x-12/

[9] tower : http://inhabitat.com/water-tower-transformed-into-minimalist-modern-home/

[10] Platforma Arquitectura: http://www.plataformaarquitectura.cl/2012/05/24/vigilante-del-maule-carlos-jarpa/

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