The “INES” centre of the Universidad of Bio-Bio in the city of Concepción in Chile fully synthesises the work of Chilean architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen: the definition of precise ideas of space, the ability to work with materials capable of restoring materiality and spatial consistency, the constant search for a close relationship between the form of the space and the needs of its users – aspects already present in the installation at the Venice Biennale in 2016 and that find greater strength and character in this new building.
The centre within the University Park of Concepción consists of a very regular and rigorous layout interrupted by the central space that connects the five levels vertically.
The circular openings of the central void decrease in size on successive floors and define unusual conditions of space, hosting environments for studying and working which are no longer fully recognisable by regular geometries; rather, they are characterised by a new relationship between form and space, which easily adapts to different uses and needs.
The development through the successive floors and their spatial conditions represents a pretext to rethink the way of living spaces for working and studying.
This system of fluid spaces leads by way of a spiral staircase to a roof that gives a panoramic view of the landscape. The material and the colour create warm and inviting yet striking architectural settings: concrete mixed with red pigments covers all the spaces inside and out, emphasising the significant relationship between the surrounding garden and the interior spaces.