Sylvester Baxter Lecture: Teresa Moller, “A Moment of Silence”

Woman in white walking in Teresa Moller's Los Olivos el Tranque landscape

Woman in white walking in Teresa Moller's Los Olivos el Tranque landscape

The studio Teresa Moller y Asociados has been working in the world of Landscape Architecture for the past 35 years. The office strongly believes in the power of simplicity. Careful observation combined with an awareness of the existing landscape are the keys to developing sociocultural projects that bring nature and people together, helping them to find balance in a constantly changing urban environment.

The diverse landscapes of Chile have been the setting for the majority of the studio’s projects since its founding. Distinct palettes of plants and materials are utilized as project locations range from the Atacama Desert in the north to the Lakes Region of the south as well as from the Pacific Coast in the east to the Andes mountain range in the west. This diversity has developed a way of working in the studio that approaches each project by examining the valuable elements existing in the site along with the surrounding natural systems, local ecology, and architecture. Thus, every project is a direct and unique result of its environment.

Teresa Moller stone waterfall at Casablanca II
Stone waterfall at Casablanca II

The work has an architectural base, a geometry that structures the landscape over which the vegetation interacts more freely. Moller’s work is characterized by its simplicity, and she strongly believes that in that simplicity lays its force. This force unites nature with architecture and provides a point of interaction between humans and their surroundings. The studio has developed many international projects, including in China, Germany, Argentina, and Australia. The studio works in the realms of residential, public urban space, commercial, institutional and agricultural settings with many built projects to date. The goal of the office is always to collaborate with the architects and clients, using each participant’s strengths and knowledge to arrive at an integrated design solution that is both efficient and elegant.

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