THE NEGLIGEE STYLE OF A BON VIVANT
In 1990 Diego Montero was a young architect from Buenos Aires, for whom Punta del Este had always been his vacation destination, where he had begun to develop his scattered construction works since the beginning of 1980’s. Almost all of them were really small, country style and rudimentary, but with an extremely personal and characteristic sense of the place and savoir vivre, that gradually started winning fans and supporters.
Today, seventeen years after definitively settling down with his family at Manantiales, it is practically impossible to walk more than two blocks - along that narrow trail upon the sea that goes from La Barra bridge to Laguna Garzón – without coming across one of his houses or other constructions. And, even if it is true that the mere quantitative aspect is striking –in average he has built from ten to fifteen houses annually since 1990 – maybe it’s even more interesting the fact that many of his works have been the funding stone and the starting engine of many remarkable developments.
Judging by his personal style, which is rather laconic, reluctant, and tainted with certain frugality of Scandinavian heritage, he would certainly be uncomfortable with being considered an influent trendsetter. The fact is that, over the last ten years, an amazing percentage of the most representative landscape of Punta del Este has come out of his office. A rural structure, made of glass and wood, that grew in consecutive stages, in a land nearby his house, located at one of the last corners in Manantiales, on the road. Morocco operates at the office’s ground floor; an interior design shop that every year nourishes vacationists’ houses with furniture and objects that Montero and his wife, the plastic artist from Mar del Plata Laura Sanjurjo, carefully choose every winter in Morocco.