Museo–Taller de Casapueblo

Punta del Este, Maldonado Department, Uruguay

The exterior of this curious museum is as intriguing as the collections inside, thanks to the creative mind of its founder, Carlos Páez Vilaró. Although he wasn’t an architect, Páez designed and built this rambling Gaudí-esque structure, which was inspired by brick bread ovens. Described in the designer’s words as a “fight against straight lines,” the museum is all curves and spirelike points. Its activity offerings are as unique as the edifice itself; at dusk every day since 1994, for example, visitors at the museum have participated in a sun ceremony, during which staff members play a recording of Páez reading a poem dedicated to the sun.

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