From a high perch above valleys and lakes below, a new contemporary shelter is open to traveling cyclists in central Chile. This contemporary shelter is now open to passers by, providing a safe and peaceful place to rest while taking in the picturesque views beyond. To the architect, cycling is a special way of experiencing the Chilean countryside, and providing safe overnight resting places allows tourists to extend their reach deeper into Chile.
The exterior of the Endless Cycling architecture experiment by Rodrigo Cáceres Céspedes is angular, faceted and expressive. It is coated with a permeable sheen that allows light and breezes to pass into the interior, while sheltering the occupants from rain and inclement weather. Inside, raised bed bases provide sleeping areas upon which a cyclist can rest comfortably with their own sleeping gear. Bikes can be hung from a storage system in the entryway, locked in place by the cyclists lock of choice. There is no attendant and no reservation is needed, it is a public camping exercise that is open to any passing cyclist.
The Endless Cycling shelter is open now in central Chile, just south of Santiago in the Maule region. [photography by Patricia Albornoz Avendaño and Rodrigo Cáceres Céspedes]