M9 / Memorial for 9 girls, Parque Bicentenario, Vitacura

M9 / Memorial for 9 girls Vitacura, Santiago de Chile Design, Parque Bicentenario

M9 / Memorial for 9 girls, Parque Bicentenario

Monument in Vitacura, Chile, South America – design by Gonzalo Mardones Viviani & Asociados

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M9 / Memorial for 9 girls

Location: Parque Bicentenario, Vitacura, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Date built: 2011
Design: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani & Asociados Arquitectos

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The place opens like a dialogue from the love of Mary at the foot of the Cross. The Manquehue hill is the backdrop that contrasts with the sky. The evocation of nature reaches the relief of a sacred place. The superposition of the inner circle in front of the geometry of the ramp that descends makes clear the connection between the spirit and human reincarnation. Between the sacred – divine and reason. The work takes primary forms which are easily recognizable. Should be left to attract curiosity and fall within the oratory ‘Virgen del Parque’.

The work is constructed from the underground and opening up to the sky through a concrete cone of nine feet in diameter. 9 lanterns, 9 modules symbolize the 9 girls who left earlier. Is the presence of divine light, light that allows gravitate concrete forms, its contours, its plains, leaving them in the park in order to make apparent the dimension of sky. In other words: the interiorization of the sky and the light into the center of gravity of the ground. Above is sky. The folds of concrete were shown as a human gesture with which the architecture welcomes a gathering place, a place of refuge, a meeting place within the park.

It is accessed by a ramp 16 meters long with a 12% slope to reach the memorial oratory. In the geometric center were planted a magnolia, this tree is the only of nature that has 9 leaves into each one of its flowers. From a constructive point of view the oratory is resolved with concrete incorporating titanium dioxide and a system of phenolic molds. The floor is paving stones the manner to a carpet horizontal and inclined in a green slope of grass.

As protection guardrail system used a tempered glass embedded in concrete elements. A band of concrete on the paved surface to create a bench that faced with the presence of the Virgin welcomes 9 candles and 27 smaller candles which are inserted into the folds of concrete.

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M9 / Memorial for 9 girls Parque Bicentenario – Building Information

Architect: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Contractor: COVALCO
Lighting: Paulina Sir
Photographs: Nicolás Saieh
Location: Parque Bicentenario, Vitacura, Santiago de Chile
Area: 160 m2
Inauguration: Mar 2011

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