17 slate covered pools of natural
hot springs waters that flow in plenty
along a mountain stream,
in the midst of the native forest
of the Villarrica National Park
in Chile's southern Lake Country,
450 miles south of Santiago.
Visitors may confidently stroll
along a wooden footbridge and disperse
to find a hidden pool to take a bath alone,
or in good company
with plenty of space to share
the wild natural surroundings.
The hot springs water is distributed
to the pools through wooden conduits
that run under the walkway
and heat it, keeping it always dry and safe.
Close to every pool there is always
a pavilion built with local wood,
with private bathrooms,
locker rooms, and a deck to rest.
A big roof planted with wild grasses
covers a large secluded space
to stay by the open fire,
look around in silence
or have a relaxed conversation,
a cup of tea, a glass of mineral water,
or some deli sandwich.
Or just enjoy the sunshine in the deck around.
The constant movement of water
and fire that always change,
but go nowhere,
appears in all its natural splendour,
seducing everyone into a calm spirit.
They are named Termas Geométricas
because it is a work of architecture
built with strong primitive geometric elements
that allows one to be captivated again
by natural elements in the midst
of the wild brutal nature.
The geometric architecture of the Termas
makes it possible to see and enjoy
the good side of the unexpected
events of nature.
Indulging oneself with this unique experience
for the body and soul becomes
a sensual rite of water and fire purification which
enlightens our senses and arouses our imagination.
Germán del Sol - Architect.