Chilean architectural duo Mauricio Pezo and Sofía von Ellrichshausen have curated a collection of their projects into a captivating monograph that presents built projects in parallel to conceptual designs.

Since founding Pezo von Ellrichshausen in 2002 in Southern Chile the pair have gained an international reputation for their serene, material-led designs, that are lyrically bound to often rural settings and challenge inhabitants to a beautifully abstract existence.

In the introduction, fellow Dutch architect Wiel Arets introduces Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s ability to mix art with architecture through a poetic blur of typologies and geographies, allowing the reader to traverse the projects from his personal perspective.

A living and dining room view inside Cien House in Concepción, Chile, built between 2009-2011. Image courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Originally developed as part of an academic studio at IIT College of Architecture in Chicago led by Pezo and von Ellrichshausen and delivered as a lecture in 2014, the main essay by the architects reveals their theoretical approach that often inverts architectural and artistic values to see how far they can be interchanged.

The monograph also presents a visual feast – designed by Edwin van Gelder, founder of Mainstudio, each vibrant image occupies a full single page, with a wide variation between drawings, sketches, models and photographs.

The title of the book ‘Naïve Intention’ is taken from the resulting project of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize award, that was granted to the architects for Poli House on the Coliumo Peninsula. Poli House, a weathered concrete cube perched on the coast of Chile, is illustrated in the visuals of the book in different ways: a close up photograph of its rough facade sits in opposition to an image of a plaster and glass 1:20 scale model floating on a black background.

The monograph thus embodies the architects’ manifesto of cross production between art, architecture and academia.