Punta del Este, Uruguay


Casapueblo is a building constructed by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. It is located in Punta Ballena, 13 kilometres (8 mi) from Punta del Este, Uruguay. Initially, it was the artist's summer home and workshop, and includes a museum, an art gallery, a cafeteria and a hotel in its facilities. It was the permanent residence of its creator, where he worked and where he spent his last days there.

Casapueblo began to be built in 1958 around a wooden box made with planks found on the coast, called La Pionera (The Pioneer), by Carlos Páez Vilaró. This box was his first atelier. Casapueblo was designed with a style that can be compared to the houses on the Mediterranean coast of Santorini, but the artist used to refer to the hornero's nest, a typical bird of Uruguay, when referring to this type of construction. The building, which took 36 years to complete, has thirteen floors with terraces that allow an optimal views of the sunset over the waters of the Atlantic ocean.

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