The Liguria building is located at 2 Norte with 4 Poniente, close to Libertad Avenue, to the east, one of the busiest in the city. It’s also close to Perú Avenue and the Viña del Mar Casino, to the west. Its location is a reflection of its central location for the period. It is a low-rise building made up of five floors, residential in style and openly in dialogue with its surroundings. It has large front gardens facing east, which establishes a certain distance from the road. This characteristic is very functional because it allows the existence of ample parking spaces, in addition to favoring the ventilation and sunlight typical of modernist designs. Its interior gardens, marked by its residential trend, converge with a facade of colorful mosaics and balconies loaded with pots and plants.
Alfredo Colombo B.
Hugo Moletto S.
Fedrico Guevara T.
The Liguria building has a concrete structure and slabs, typical of the construction industry of the sixties. Its orientation has notably favored its insertion in the city. With entrances and exits in both directions (north and south) it has direct access to the coastline and to the center of the city. Its narrow front garden towards the east, but dynamic in its operation, is characterized by allowing the building and its residents to dispense with a perimeter closure, which constitutes a resistance to a contemporary need. In its parking lots, it preserves a low-height white wooden fence, characteristic of resort-type constructions.
The Liguria stands out for its modular designs of various colors loaded with mosaics on all its facades and not only towards the public face. One of its qualities is that its aesthetic pleasure is designed for the enjoyment of its residents and not just for the people walking by (as is often the case with the other cases we have studied).
Its construction is based on continuous vertical elements, in which the openings are organized linearly. Its structure has lattices that allow a greater light flow in the internal articulation spaces. In the same way, the design highlights the shape and orientation of its staircase, which, thought of in two sections, leaves a vertical void center favoring a better use of natural light.
In terms of the internal articulation of the Liguria, light becomes a leading element of the construction, adding value to the aesthetic presentation, displaying the use of bronze and pavement designs in its internal decoration. This feature allows it to contrast harmoniously with the colorful presentation of its exterior facades. Internally, the use of various shades of white is striking, which in turn allows a constant game between the inputs of light and shadow.
As for its finishing touches, the details gain value with the diversity of the spaces in the internal architectural design, such as the use of masonry. The use of materials such as granite, washed stone, bronze and steel railings, provide an important aesthetic value by highlighting the internal spaces.