April 4, 2022
Future100: Mateo Mantilla Designs for Sustainability at a Human Scale
A similarly complex proposal for a floating cruise ship terminal in quickly sinking Venice—including a system of courtyard-shading inflating cells that contract and expand depending on daylight conditions—also deeply engages its potential users, providing ample spaces for people to gather and play.
But while Mantilla seems to thrive where competing conditions meet, his work also has the capacity for formal subtlety. A proposal for a wellness retreat in Clearlake, California, inserts simple rectangular forms into a softly undulating topography, producing moments of pause and communion with nature, demonstrating Mantilla’s clear ability to read a site and, when necessary, keep things simple. M
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