Tranquil Oasis: Ovalle Casino & Hotel by Turner Arquitectos

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Turner Arquitectos proudly presents the Ovalle Casino and Hotel, an architectural masterpiece that redefines luxury and tranquility in Ovalle, Chile. Situated in the picturesque Limarí valley, this remarkable structure draws inspiration from the ancient gullies of the region, weaving a narrative of serenity and harmony with its surroundings. In this article, we delve into the captivating design concept and celebrate the brilliance of Turner Arquitectos.

The Architectural Concept

The Ovalle Casino and Hotel is strategically located 3 kilometers from the bustling city center, offering a respite from urban chaos. Inspired by the shelter-seeking behaviors of the ancient valley inhabitants, Turner Arquitectos aimed to recreate the essence of gullies, crafting a new gully within its surroundings. This architectural intervention creates a sanctuary, shielding guests from external traffic and noise, while fostering tranquility and relaxation.

Design Elements

A grand perimeter stone pirca envelops the living space of this citadel, forming a square floor plan that intersects diagonally, giving rise to the central converging crack. The structure appears as if intricately carved from the inside out, while preserving the untouched beauty of the stone materials along the perimeter. The use of local stones sourced from the Limarí valley creates a vernacular ambiance that pays homage to the region’s rocky gullies.

Distinctive Volumes

Each building within the Ovalle Casino and Hotel complex boasts a unique form, unveiling its purpose through thoughtful design. The Casino and Ball Room occupy a large single-floor box accessible from opposite directions, featuring a rooftop botanical garden cultivating the region’s prominent cactus species. On the other side of the central crack, the Hotel and Spa are interconnected but designed with a distinct architectural language. The Hotel stands out with its metallic cladding, inspired by the geometric forms of the Diaguita culture, while the Spa comprises enclosed volumes housing various facilities, including heated swimming pools and body treatment rooms.

The Diaguita Museum

At the end of a mesmerizing pathway, the Diaguita Museum awaits visitors. Crafted from exposed board concrete, this monumental cube is accentuated by zenithal cuts of natural light. Immerse yourself in the captivating exhibits that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Diaguita people, adding an element of historical significance to the Ovalle Casino and Hotel experience.

The Team Behind the Vision

Turner Arquitectos has assembled a stellar team of professionals to bring the Ovalle Casino and Hotel to life. The collaboration includes renowned names in the industry, such as structural engineer Rafael Gatica U., construction company Mena Y Ovalle, landscape design by Livingstone-Jadue, lighting design by Estudio Par, climate engineering by Ipc Clima, sanitary engineering by Urbano Proyectos, and electrical engineering by Rehlec. Their combined expertise ensures a seamless integration of architectural design and functionality.


The Ovalle Casino and Hotel, a testament to Turner Arquitectos’ visionary approach, sets new standards in architectural excellence and innovation. Nestled amidst the breathtaking Limarí valley, this architectural marvel beautifully merges with its surroundings, offering guests a sanctuary of tranquility. From the stunning stone pirca to the distinct volumes and the mesmerizing Diaguita Museum, every element showcases the genius of Turner Arquitectos. Prepare to be captivated by the seamless blend of nature, culture, and contemporary design as you embark on an unforgettable experience at Ovalle Casino and Hotel.

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Technical sheet

Total Built Area: 14,020 M2
Owner: Ovalle Casino Resort


Architecture Studio: Turner Arquitectos
Structural Engineer: Rafael Gatica U.
Construction Company: Mena Y Ovalle
Landscape Design: Livingstone-Jadue
Lighting Design: Estudio Par
Climate Engineering: Ipc Clima
Sanitary Engineering: Urbano Proyectos
Electrical Engineering: Rehlec

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