These two buildings are the work of architect
Edward Rojas, a significant figure in the effort
of promoting Chiloe's identity. His professional
mark is to respect the archipelago's building
tradition, but with a modern edge that opens it
to the world.
Avenida Pedro Montt 228, Castro. Ph: (56-65) 632359
Avenida Libertad 751, Ancud. Ph: (56-65) 622543
The Unicornio Azul hotel was one of the buildings
chosen by the Sixth Architectural Biennial, and
also distinguished by the Chilean Architects School,
as one of the most significant of the last fifty
years in our country. It is placed in Castro's
seaborder Avenue, and started as an idea for recuperating
an old wooden bodega. It was designed by architect
Edward Rojas, a professional whose work has been
distinguished for his combination of Chiloe's
building tradition (wood and "tejuelas",
mainly of alerce) and innovative materials, creating
constructions that make the ancestral and the
The hotel was built in 1986 by the initiative
of Suny Castillo, its owner, who had been looking
for a traditional house that could be transformed
into a hotel. He found in Rojas the most commited
of partners. The chosen building was a bodega
originally built in 1910, which was reconverted
with the help of Chiloe workers and the use of
native wood. The result is a four-story building
of 17 rooms, alongside a cabin with two other
rooms, a restaurant and a meeting hall. Its gastronomy
is based on fish and seafood.
Going south, in the city of Ancud, the same alliance
raised the Galeón Azul, a smaller hotel
with the same spirit of the one in Castro.
An ambassador of tradition
The work that Edward Rojas has developed in Chiloe
and its tireless promotion of the typical local
architecture has made him a key figure for Chiloe's
international image. Even in his projects for
large public buildings one sees the influence
of the Chilote traditional houses, which helps
to create a coherence among the city's larger
and smaller buildings.
Among his projects, the most remarkable are the
Hogar Filipense de Castro, the Dalcahue regional products'
fair (designed with the architect
Renato Vivaldi, and made on just big pillars holding
an alerce-roof under which the artisans from all
over the archipelago exchange their creations),
the Internado Campesino San Francisco de Castro
and the Los Cauquiles de Nercón condominium
(based in the idea of the "palafitos"
Some of his most popular public buildings are
the Dalcahue Market (built with Renato Vivaldi
in 1977, and which now holds the City building)
and the Chiloe Modern Art Museum (with Eduardo
Feuerhake), a building that recycled the old "Casa-Fogón"
and recieved a special award on the Tenth Architectural
Biennal, in the field of Restoration and Recycling.