Valparaíso’s historic site is a 2003 UNESCO World Heritage Site, but you might not know it by looking at the Chilean city’s more derelict areas. Luckily, a collective of creative graduates known as Sitio Eriazo has made it their mission to beautify and transform those abandoned urban lots for new community use. The collective commissioned the Scarcity and Creativity Studio to recover one such space and turn it into The Wave, a vibrant public performance space made from recycled materials.
The industrious members of Sitio Eriazo comprise recent graduates from theater, art, and architecture schools who work together in a non-hierarchal organization. Their aim is to restore the beauty of the Valparaíso’s UNESCO-designated historic site to other parts of the city. “The colonial city of Valparaíso presents an excellent example of late 19th-century urban and architectural development in Latin America. In its natural amphitheater-like setting, the city is characterized by a vernacular urban fabric that clings to the hillsides that are dotted with a great variety of church spires,” says the collective. “It contrasts with the geometrical layout of the seaside plain. The city has well preserved its interesting early industrial infrastructures, such as the numerous ‘elevators’ on the steep hillsides.”
Sitio Eriazo collaborated with the Scarcity and Creativity Studio on the Ecuador 428 site. After clearing the site of rubbish and securing building provisional closures, the two groups worked together to build a timber amphitheater that spirals up in height from street level to an elevated platform. The space beneath the slatted structure accommodates cooking facilities, including an adobe pizza oven and BBQ grills; workshops for arts and crafts; and restrooms. The amphitheater wraps around a central performance space for free community events organized by Sitio Eriazo. The renovated space also includes a vegetable garden, where herbs and vegetables are grown for the kitchen.
Images via Scarcity and Creativity Studio