Christian De Groote Córdova, arquitecto.
Nació en Valdivia, Chile en 1931.
He joined the School of Architecture at the Catholic University of Chile in 1952, majoring in architecture in 1957. In 1958 he received a Fulbright scholarship which allowed him to graduate studies in the ITT, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA where he remained until 1959.
On his return to Chile he worked in the office of Emilio Duhart, which showed a strong influence on the architecture of Louis Kahn American. Collaborated in the construction project ECLAC in Santiago. In 1967 he was installed as an independent architect.Cristián De Groote was awarded the National Architecture Award 1993 awarded by the College of Architects of Chile.
His early work was mainly related to industrial architecture being the designer of the building of the newspaper El Mercurio in 1967 and Huachipato Cronox Steelworks in 1969. De Groote later took on the challenge of creating domestic spaces leading to the implementation of major residential houses among which his own account, located on the corner of Lota street with Sweden in the commune of Providencia.
Characteristics in their work has been its ability to combine creative freedom with adherence to formal principles of contemporary architecture. Its buildings make use slopes of hillsides to create structural harmony with the gardens of the surroundings and inside enclosed areas with thick concrete walls, rooms lit with openings in heaven, while stressing the importance of key sectors of the home like stairs.
Text Sourse:Artistas Plasticos Chilenos