Cazú Zegers
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Cazú Zegers proposes a different angle of approach towards architecture, in an expressive search, intimately related to Latin America, its territory, landscape and traditions. From here arises a task "in progress" that involves a poetic reflection on the way we inhabit the territory. The thesis that inspires her work is "living light and precarious", referring to a low-tech architecture but with a high experiential impact; understanding that the greatest value of Chile and Latin America is in its territory: "The territory is to America, as the monuments are to Europe," Cazú says.

Cazú Zegers Architecture has established itself as a world leader company in proposing new ways of understanding and inhabiting the territory, with a properly Latin American language, shaping the ways that diverse human groups have to inhabit the space, without seeking to impose themselves, but rather enter in dialogue with the environment allowing to live almost without leaving a trace on the territory and to be a kind addition to Nature. A low-tech stance is proposed that learns from local processes, their ancestral and vernacular techniques.

This approach to the architectural problem and the question about Chile, led her to found in 2006 together with Miguel Laborde and a group of collaborators a Foundation and Center for Geopoetic Studies, "El Observatorio de Lastarria" which would be re-founded as a Foundation +1000 in 2014. Zegers, is part of the prestigious Architecture A-List of ELLE Decor and has been named among the Latin American architects who break down barriers by Forbes Magazine in 2020. In 2021 she obtains the Dora Riedel distinction awarded to the architect or team that has been noted for his or her innovative work, opening new paths in the profession. She is co-creator with Grupo Talca of the collaborative / educational platform Andes Workshop, visiting professor at Yale University, prestigious speaker, Chile Brand Ambassador (2018), her works have been awarded the Grand Prix of Versalles, the National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World and the Latin American Grand Prize for Architecture (1994), among others. Zegers and her team lead in the discipline of ethnoarchitecture and ethnoengineering, generating projects and research with indigenous communities from various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Cazú Zegers, director of the multidisciplinary creative ecosystem made up of leading architects and professionals in their areas, acts as lead designer, working hand in hand with the project team, ensuring a coherent and poetic design narrative, which is reflected in a unique work. Our office stands out for a marked attention to detail and for a sensitive respect for nature and original character. As an office we have signed up to a sustainable call made by Architects Declare and the path of being 100% timber architecture. Timber represents the forest, growth, oxygen and life, essential for the well-being of all living beings, which is why as an office we find ourselves in the exploration of high-tech timber and in the deep understanding that it is the material of the 21st century.

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Publications

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Territory and Poetic word for a Feminine Architecture Article 2021
Revista Perfil Article 2016
Cazú Zegers. Carpinterías Book 2008
Domus Article 2016
Prototipos en el Territorio Book 2008
The Plan Articulo 2016
Revista ED Articulo 2016
Madame Air France Magazine 2016
Wallpaper Magazine 2016
Entrevista Mercedes-Benz Magazine 2016
Gear Patrol Magazine 2016
MásDeco Magazine 2011
MásDeco Magazine 2011
La Tercera Diario 2016
La Tercera Diario 2016
Drevo & Stavby Magazine 2013
Revista Ya Magazine 2013
PAR Magazine 2013
AECCafé Article 2013
IFENG SPACE Article 2013
The Big Issue Article 2013
FX Article 2014
A+A Magazine Magazine 2014
AMBIENTE Y COLOR Article 2014
GROHE Article 2015
ISSUE Interview 2015
Litoral Press Article 2015
Tierra De Moda Magazine 2015
BERLOGOS Interview 2016
BERLOGOS Article 2016
Revista Capital Article 2013
ArchDaily Article 2012
M&M Magazine 2013
Design Boom Article 2013
Madera21 Interview 2016
Floor Nature Article 2015
The Gooood Article 2013
The Gooood Article 2013
Puro Chile Article 2013
AECCafé Article 2013
Revista Full Article 2016
VK Article 2013
Architectural Digest Article 2016
Atika Interview 2012
AITIM Magazine 2015
505 Managua Interview 2015
DIVISARE Article 2016
arcVision Nominación 2016
Harper's Bazaar Article 2016
ArchiVitamins Article 2013
ARQA Article 2015
Architetti Article 2016
Centro Geopoético Internacional Article 2014
Tablet Interview 2012
ARCHITECTUREAU Interview 2014
Graphisoft Calendario 2016
Cúbica Magazine 2008
Departures American Express Magazine 2017
Capital Magazine 2016
CORE Magazine 2017
BERLOGOS Discussion Panel 2017
JUKAI Magazine 2016