Map of L'oeuvre de l'ingénieur Eladio Dieste
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
As I wrote in the forum, it still remains to be determined which ones of Dieste's works in Uruguay are going to be included in the nomination, but two of them are certain: Cristo Obrero church in Estacion Atlantida and San Pedro church in Durazno. During my last visit to Uruguay I visited the first of the two which is situated about 50 km away from Montevideo and quite close to Atlantida, which is a busy summer resort. The church is not at the resort itself but in a small, poor neighbourhood constructed around the railway station some 5 km inland. The church is situated right at the entry to this neighbourhood on the side and is easy to overlook. Despite its unusual shape, its small size, earthen colours and proximity to other buildings prevent it from being prominent. It is very well known among architects, but completely unknown to the general public and is open to visitors only three hours a week on Saturday afternoon. The church was built on a short budget and in a very short time, so it is striking that this work became the icon of Dieste's oeuvre. It is typically made of bricks with wavy walls and ceiling and touches of coloured glass. It is simple, yet impressive in its originality and spiritual atmosphere (Dieste was very religious). Except the main hall, you can visit a side chapel, the organ balcony, the separate bell tower and the underground baptistery which receives its water from an opening in the ceiling. The church has been recently renovated and work on the baptistery is still ongoing. I don't know the quality of the rest of the nomination, neither am I familiar with the international impact of Dieste's work. But visiting this church is worthwhile and if it represents the quality of the entire nomination I daresay it could stand a chance.
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