Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste's work declared World Heritage by Unesco

The Church of Christ the Worker and Our Lady of Lourdes of Atlantida stands out for its iconic use of brick and its vaulted structure.
Publication date: 27/07/2021

Unesco declared the Iglesia de Cristo Obrero y Nuestra Señora Lourdes de Atlántida a World Heritage Site. Built between 1958 and 1960, the building is the product of the work of the world-renowned Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste, who became a role model for the use of what he called 'reinforced ceramics'.

Indeed, the church shines through the use of brick, which is the main protagonist of this structure that combines vaulted forms and handles space, texture and natural light in a spectacular manner.

In his most emblematic works, Dieste takes brick to its maximum lightness in the creation of curved surfaces, brick vaulted constructions, steel reinforcement and a minimum use of concrete. The work of the man also known as the "master of brick" is a worldwide beacon of architecture, design and construction.

Among other recognitions to this outstanding pioneer in Uruguayan architecture was the "Eladio Dieste Year" designated in 2005 by the Museum Art in New York, Princeton University and MIT in Massachusetts. His legacy is studied and visited by professionals from around the world.

The World Heritage recognition of Dieste's work shows the capacity and talent that exists in Uruguay and adds yet another distinction for the country, an excellent platform for the development of architectural and engineering services. uruguay is a service provider, a partner for expansion in Latin America and an alternative for locating a regional office.

Uruguayan professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry have always had an international outlook, both in their projects and in their business vision. 100% of the exporting firms have the capacity to develop work in English. The United States is the main export destination, followed by Argentina, Paraguay and Spain. Agile and specialized teams incorporate contemporary design to their projects, master construction processes and understand the real estate business. 

This industry is based on solid values, with more than one hundred years of professional and academic activity, a strong institutional ecosystem with a high degree of public-private articulation, commitment to sustainability and, as Dieste's work has shown, vanguard and innovation as distinctive factors over the years.

Uruguay is also a reliable and safe country to do business, where services account for 70% of GDP. The country's value proposal in this industry encompasses multilingual and qualified talent, a convenient time zone located between the United States and Europe, the most modern technological infrastructure in Latin America and tax benefits for exporting and settling in the country.