Puerto Rico National Pavilion at Seville '92

Seville, Spain

As metaphors for three different periods in the historical development of Puerto Rico, the Pavilion presented three geometrical components made of differing materials: 1) a triangular structure with thick, stone-textured walls, representing the military fortifications of the Spanish colonial past; 2) the pergola made of immaculate marble, representing Puerto Rico’s turn toward modern political and economic models and toward modernity itself; and 3) the cylindrical structure of copper and translucent glass, representing Puerto Rico’s future

integration into the technological world. The whole rests on a sinuous, stepped platform that simulates the island’s littoral. At the time, the pavilion was the only architectural work representative of Puerto Rico known to the world at large.