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Casapueblo is located in Uruguay
Location within Uruguay
General information
Location Maldonado, Punta Ballena (Whale Point)
Coordinates 34°54′11″S 55°2′32″W / 34.90306°S 55.04222°W / -34.90306; -55.04222
Opening 1960
Owner Carlos Páez Vilaró
Design and construction
Developer Carlos Páez Vilaró
Other information
Number of rooms 12
Number of suites 56
Number of restaurants 1

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 there.[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] who designed it with a style that can be compared with the houses of the Mediterranean coast of Santorini, but the artist used to refer to Hornero's nest, a typical bird of Uruguay, to discuss the type of construction.[5] which took 36 years to complete. Inside is a museum, the artist's studio, an art gallery and a hotel.

It has thirteen floors with terraces that allow to see the sunset on the waters of the Atlantic ocean. The construction has a staggered shape that allows a better view towards the ocean.[6]

It pays tribute to his son Charles, Michael and one of the seventeen Uruguayan survivors of the crash of Uruguayan 571 Air Force Flight, which crashed in the Andes on October 13, 1972.

He has received some of the most important personalities in the cultural and political ambit, such as writer Isabel Allende, the ambassador Mercedes Vicente, the sexologist Mariela Castro, the artist Vinicius de Moraes, among others.[5][7]


The complex was built in a handicraft's way and without previous plans,[8] in the form of a labyrinth,[5] has no straight lines inside and predominates white. It was expanded and modified from year to year as a residence of "unpredictable forms".[9]

The building is built of whitewashed cement and stucco.[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, a friendly architect had to spend a month studying the form to decipher it.

— Carlos Páez Vilaró.[11]



The hotel Casapueblo has 20 rooms and suites and 50 apartments with capacity for 2, 4, 6 and up to 8 people.[12] The high season is from December to February. Each room has a different name. The hotel has four-star comforts with a hot pool, sauna, bar and restaurant.[13] 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.


In the main dome of Casapueblo are the 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. 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. ^ "Fotos de Casapueblo" (in Spanish). Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Fallece el artista plástico Carlos Páez Vilaró" (in Spanish). El Mundo. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ Magicas Ruinas (February 1979). "Cuando la pintura es un rito Páez Vilaró" (in Spanish). Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ Casapueblo, Punta Ballena, Uruguay (by José Carlos de Santiago). Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  13. ^ Casapueblo – Hotel Casapueblo. Retrieved August 8, 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). 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