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Casapueblo is located in Uruguay
Location within Uruguay
General information
LocationMaldonado, Punta Ballena (Whale Point)
Coordinates34°54′11″S 55°2′32″W / 34.90306°S 55.04222°W / -34.90306; -55.04222
OwnerCarlos Páez Vilaró
Design and construction
DeveloperCarlos Páez Vilaró
Other information
Number of rooms12
Number of suites56
Number of restaurants1

Casapueblo is a building constructed by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró. It is located in Punta Ballena, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from Punta del Este, Uruguay. It was originally a summer house and workshop of the artist. It now houses a museum, an art gallery, a cafeteria and a hotel. It was the permanent residence of its creator, where he worked and spent his last days.[1][2][3]


It was built around a wooden house made with planks found on the coast, called La Pionera (The Pioneer), by Carlos Páez Vilaró.[4] Although the style can be compared with the houses of the Mediterranean coast of Santorini, the artist often evoked the nest of the hornero, a bird typical to Uruguay, when discussing the style of construction.[5] The building, which took 36 years to complete, has thirteen floors with staggered terraces that allow one to have optimal views of sunset on the waters of the Atlantic ocean. [6]

It pays tribute to his son Carlos Miguel, one of the seventeen Uruguayan survivors of the crash of Uruguayan 571 Air Force Flight. The flight crashed in the Andes on October 13, 1972.

Vilaró received important cultural and political personalities at Casapueblo, including writer Isabel Allende ambassador Mercedes Vicente, sexologist Mariela Castro, and artist Vinicius de Moraes, among others.[5][7]


The building is built of whitewashed cement and stucco.[8] It was built in a handicraft's way, without architectural plans.[9] It evolved with a labyrinthine layout with has no straight lines inside. [5] It was expanded and modified from year to year as a residence of "unpredictable forms".[10]

La construí (Casapueblo) como si se tratara de una escultura habitable, sin planos, sobre todo a instancias de mi entusiasmo. Cuando la municipalidad me pidió hace poco los planos que no tenía, un arquitecto amigo tuvo que pasarse un mes estudiando la forma de descifrarla.

"I built it (Casapueblo) as if it were a habitable sculpture, without plans, especially at the urging of my enthusiasm. When the municipality asked me recently for the plans it did not have, an architect friend of mine had to spend a month trying to find the way to decipher it.

— Carlos Páez Vilaró.[11]



Today, the Hotel Casapueblo has 20 rooms and suites and 50 apartments, hot pool, sauna, bar, and restaurant.[12] [13] The high season is from December to February. The apartment hotel called Hotel Casapueblo or Club Hotel Casapueblo has a restaurant called Las Terrazas (The Terraces) that follows the style of the original building.


The main dome of Casapueblo contains museum and workshop where one can see part of the work of the late painter, potter, sculptor, muralist, writer, composer and builder Carlos Páez Vilaró.[14][15] It has four exhibition halls: Nicolás Guillén Room, Pablo Picasso Room, Rafael Squirm Room, José Gómez Sicre Room, projection room, the Mermaid Terrace, Hippocampus Viewpoint, Taberna del Rayo Verde (Tavern of the Green Ray) coffee shop and boutique. The museum can be visited every day from 10 to 18 hours.

Every afternoon since 1994, the Ceremony of the Sun is performed on the terraces of the museum. Minutes before sunset, the artist's voice from a recording, dedicates a poem to the sun to bid him farewell.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Carlos Paez Vilaró: un canto a la vida" (in Spanish). El Observador. February 24, 2014. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Sun Times (February 24, 2014). "Carlos Paez Vilaró: un canto a la vida". Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "A mi edad, pensás en los promedios" (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Casapueblo – Hotel Casapueblo. Archived June 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c Entrevista Carlos Vilaró [Carlos Vilaró Interview] (in Spanish). August 24, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  6. ^ Deco y Jardín. "Una Arquitectura muy particular" [A very particular Architecture]. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "Isabel Allende, de visita en Casapueblo" (in Spanish). El País. September 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Foto de Casapueblo cautiva a miles de usuarios de Instagram" [Photo of Casapueblo captivates thousands of Instagram users] (in Spanish). El País. 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Fotos de Casapueblo" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on March 21, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Fallece el artista plástico Carlos Páez Vilaró" (in Spanish). El Mundo. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  11. ^ Magicas Ruinas (February 1979). "Cuando la pintura es un rito Páez Vilaró" (in Spanish). Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Casapueblo – Hotel Casapueblo. Archived February 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  13. ^ Casapueblo, Punta Ballena, Uruguay (by José Carlos de Santiago). Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  14. ^ Falleció Carlos Páez Vilaró. "Falleció Carlos Páez Vilaró" (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  15. ^ "Murió Carlos Páez Vilaró" (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  16. ^ Carlos Páez Vilaró. "La Ceremonia del Sol" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2014.

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Coordinates: 34°54′31.93″S 55°2′41.66″W / 34.9088694°S 55.0449056°W / -34.9088694; -55.0449056