Mathias Klotz is a Chilean architect. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, where he graduated in 1991. Winner of the Borromini Prize of Architecture in 2001 for under-40 architects. Together with Alejandro Aravena is among the most renowned Chilean architects of the early 21st century. His work, elegant and rooted in the Modernist tradition, has put him on the international spotlight. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Diego Portales University in Santiago, Chile.
His numerous constructions are characterized by use of simple materials, formal elegance combined with abstractism, and the rural locations and open spaces characteristic of the Chilean landscape. While continuing to design homes, in subsequent years Klotz also worked on hotels, industrial and commercial buildings, street furnishings and exhibition installations.One well-known project is the little Terrantai hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, where Klotz's design picks up on local history and pre-Incan ruins.
Klotz combines architecture with a teaching career, not only in Chile (Universidad Central and Universidad Catolica) but also in Italy, Argentina, Mexico and Spain, as a guest and visiting professor.The clarity of the forms and volumes in his work and their rigorous inclusion in the landscape have made Klotz one of the most widely studied and followed figures in the new generation of architects, famous beyond the South American continent. The Poetics of Boxes was a recent exhibition of his work at Aedes Gallery in Berlin.
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