When the late Doug Tompkins, founder of North Face, purchased over half a million acres of untouched land in southern Chile and set it aside as Corcovado National Park, he operated under the belief that humans have an ethical obligation to share the planet with other species, and that we must reorient our values and activities so that all forms of life can flourish. When it became necessary for Tompkins to consider the future of his generous contribution to Chile’s conservation network, he turned to his friend, Trey Trahan, to inherit the stewardship of both the land and his ideals.
Fundo Tic Toc is a unique property – a privately held piece of land surrounded entirely by protected forests and marine parks. Furthermore, as the only accessible landing point along the Corcovado coast, Tic Toc is the threshold to the wilderness beyond. While the ultimate stewardship and future use of the property is still in development, the Tic Toc Framework Plan, led by Trahan Architects in collaboration with Reed Hilderbrand, proposes a careful and deliberate strategy for maintenance and occupation with goals, principles and operations founded on a thorough process of ecological investigation and personal discovery. Ultimately, the framework puts forward a strategy that will enhance and preserve Tic Toc as a landscape for contemplating our existence with the wildest parts of our world.
Corcovado National Park, Chile
Fundo Tic Toc: 570 acres (230 hectares)
Tic Toc Marine Park: 241,000 acres (97,800 hectares)
Corcovado National Park: 653,000 acres (264,400 hectares)
Save a piece of country like that intact, and it does not matter in the slightest that only a few people every year will go into it. That is precisely its value… [One] can simply contemplate the idea, take pleasure in the fact that such a timeless and uncontrolled part of the earth is still there.
When it became necessary for the late Doug Tompkins, founder of North Face, to consider the future of his generous contribution to Chile’s conservation network he sought out Trey Trahan to inherit the stewardship of both the land and his ideals. He operated under the belief that humans have an ethical obligation to share the planet with other species, and that we must reorient our values and activities so that all forms of life can flourish.
The most pronounced fjords on earth were created in the higher middle to higher altitudes where westerly marine winds met coastal mountains. Here, the moist ocean air was pushed up the steep slopes, cooling quickly and depositing large amounts of snow on the glaciers that eventually carved out the fjords. Only four regions of the world had the right geological conditions to produce these processes. Located in the northern reaches of Chile’s fjords, Tic Toc continues to be shaped by its coastal conditions, westerly winds and the relative geographic isolation provided by the dramatic terrain.