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A futuristic library in Santiago by Chilean architect Mathias Klotz
A futuristic library in Santiago by Chilean architect Mathias Klotz

One in a series of dispatches by Carolina A. Miranda on the art and architecture of Chile. Give the building a quick glance and aspects of it appear almost pixelated, like bits of data flashing through the ether. Everywhere, there are boxes and lines, as if its facades were rendered out of geometric bits of flashing, immobile light. But look closer and you'll see that the Nicanor Parra Library, designed by Chilean architect Mathias Klotz, is made of far simpler building blocks — concrete, glass and wood — all arranged to provide a shimmering, 8-bit effect. The 49-year-old architect is known in Chile for his plays on shadow and light — which...

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