Not to be confused with Casa Pueblo or Casa del pueblo.

Location within Uruguay
General information
Location Maldonado, Punta Ballena (Whale Point)
Coordinates 34°54′11″S 55°2′32″W / 34.90306°S 55.04222°W / -34.90306; -55.04222
Opening 1960
Owner Carlos Páez Vilaró
Design and construction
Developer Carlos Páez Vilaró
Other information
Number of rooms 12
Number of suites 56
Number of restaurants 1

Casapueblo is a hotel located in Punta Ballena, 13 km away from Punta del Este, Uruguay. It was built by the Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró originally as a summer house and workshop, but now includes a museum, an art gallery, a café and a hotel in its facilities. It became permanent residence of its creator, where he worked and where he spent his last days.[1][2][3]


It was built around a wooden house made of boards found on the coast, called La Pionera (The Pioneer), by Carlos Páez Vilaró[4] who designed in a style that can be compared with the houses of the Mediterranean coast of Santorini, but the artist used to refer to Hornero, a typical bird of Uruguay, to discuss the type of construction.[5]

The construction took 36 years to complete. Inside is a museum, the artist's studio, an art gallery and a hotel.

It features a tribute to his son Charles, Michael, one of the seventeen Uruguayan survivors of the crash of Uruguayan 571 Air Force Flight, which crashed in the Andes on October 13, 1972.

He has received some of the major cultural and political world, such as writer Isabel Allende, the ambassador Mercedes Vicente, the sexologist Mariela Castro, the artist Vinicius de Moraes, among others.[5][6]



The Casapueblo hotel has 70 different types of rooms with a capacity of 2 to 8 people, with 50 apartments.[7] The high season is from December to February. Each room has a different name. The hotel offers four-star comfort with heated pool and spa, sauna, bar and restaurant.[8] The apartment hotel called Hotel Casapueblo or Casapueblo has a restaurant called Las Terrazas (The Terraces) which follows the style of the original building.

The complex was built using traditional methods without previous flat,[9] is in shaped maze,[5] has no straight lines inside and predominantly white color. It was expanding and changing every year as a residence in unpredictable ways.

It has thirteen floors with terraces to watch the sunset over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Construction is phased manner that allows a better visual to the ocean.[10]

The material on which the building is constructed is whitewashed concrete and stucco.[11]

"La construí (Casapueblo) como si se tratara de una escultura habitable, sin planos, sobre todo a instancias de mi entusiasmo. Cuando la municipalidad me pidió hace poco los planos que no tenía, un arquitecto amigo tuvo que pasarse un mes estudiando la forma de descifrarla."
"I built (Casapueblo) as if it were a living sculpture, without plans, especially by instances of my enthusiasm. Recently, when the municipality asked me the plans, that I didn't have, an architect friend had to spend a month studying how to decipher."
Carlos Páez Vilaró.[12]


In the main dome of Casapueblo is the museum and workshop where one can see part of the work of the late painter, potter, sculptor, muralist, writer, composer and builder Carlos Páez Vilaró.[13][14] It has four exhibition halls: Nicolás Guillén Room, Pablo Picasso Room, Rafael Squirm Room, José Gómez Sicre Room, screening room, the Terrace of the siren, the viewpoint of the hippocampus, boutique and a café Taberna del Rayo Verde (Tavern of the Green Ray). The museum can be visited every day, the schedule for visitors is from 10 to 18 hours.

Every afternoon since 1994 takes place on the terraces of Museum the Sun Ceremony. Minutes before sunset, the recording voice of an artist, dedicated a poem to the sun to fire him.[15]

See also


  1. "Carlos Paez Vilaró: un canto a la vida" (in Spanish). El Observador. February 24, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  2. Sun Times (February 24, 2014). "Carlos Paez Vilaró: un canto a la vida". Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  3. "A mi edad, pensás en los promedios" (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  4. Casapueblo – Hotel Casapueblo. Archived June 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  5. 1 2 3 Entrevista Carlos Vilaró (in Spanish). August 24, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  6. "Isabel Allende, de visita en Casapueblo" (in Spanish). El País. September 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2014.
  7. Casapueblo, Punta Ballena, Uruguay (by José Carlos de Santiago). Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  8. Casapueblo – Hotel Casapueblo. Retrieved August 8, 2010.
  9. "Fotos de Casapueblo" (in Spanish). Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  10. Deco y Jardín. "Una Arquitectura muy particular" (in Spanish). Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  11. "Foto de Casapueblo cautiva a miles de usuarios de Instagram" (in Spanish). El País. 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  12. Magicas Ruinas (February 1979). "Cuando la pintura es un rito Páez Vilaró" (in Spanish). Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  13. Falleció Carlos Páez Vilaró. "Falleció Carlos Páez Vilaró" (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  14. "Murió Carlos Páez Vilaró" (in Spanish). La Nación. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  15. Carlos Páez Vilaró. "La Ceremonia del Sol" (in Spanish). Retrieved March 17, 2014.
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