10.4.13

Images of Atlántida, Uruguay's architectural surprises

By Doug Dubosque
Aguila, Atlantida Uruguay
El Águila - one of the best-known Atlántida landmarks


Atlántida is a quiet coastal town 45 kilometers east of Montevideo, Uruguay's capital. Its locally famous for some quirky architectural landmarks, as shown in this post.... 

Iglesia del Cristo Obrero, designed by Elasio Dieste in 1952. 
Estación Atlántida, few miles inland on Ruta 11


Edifico El Planeta, originally Atlántida's first luxury hotel, 
complete with heating, and private bathrooms with hot water.
 It was built by Natalio Michelizzi in the 1930s. 
One gets the impression he had an enthusiasm for things nautical.





One of many distinctive houses on an interesting stretch of the Rambla 
facing the Playa Mansa.

A 5-bedroom house in Pinares de Atlántida 
getting a new quincho (thatch) roof. 

A house facing the Playa Brava, 
apparently inspired by Casapueblo in Punta Ballena 

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's … Atlántida! 
I don't know the story behind this one, but I guess living in a town with a stone bird house and a boat-shaped hotel breeds a burning desire to turn an airplane into a bird, in your yard?

If you want to find this airplane bird without having to ask locals, post a request in the comments and I'll upload a map. And if you've got a better explanation for why someone would turn a plane into a bird in their yard, please share! 

About the photographer:
Doug DuBosque moved to Atlántida, Uruguay with his wife and son in September 2009. A semi-retired children's book author and illustrator, his How-To-Draw books have sold over seven million copies in eight languages. He shares observations of the Oriental Republic in his "short, maybe sweet" blog My Day in Uruguay.

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