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Lofts Yungay II / Rearquitectura

  • 01:00 - 6 April, 2010
Lofts Yungay II / Rearquitectura
Lofts Yungay II / Rearquitectura, © Marcos Mendizabal
© Marcos Mendizabal

© Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal +48

  • Architects

  • Location

    General Mackenna 109-247, Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Architects

    Antonio Menéndez Ferrer – Cristian Barrientos Vera
  • Structure Engineer

     Jorge Dadhal Casas-Cordero.
  • Mep

     H.A.O. Ingeniería.
  • Client

     Inmobiliaria Rearquitectura Ltda.
  • Contractor

     JMC Constructora Limitada
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Lofts Yungay II is a collective housing building located in the outskirts of the World Heritage Area of Valparaíso, Chile. This city is one of the largest Chilean ports in the Pacific Ocean. Valparaiso’s landscape is very characteristic due to its many hills packed with colorful houses almost falling out of the cliffs. Each house is different from one another, but together they create a harmonic landscape.

The project’s lot is located in a hill side with a strong slope in both north-south and east-west directions. The site has two main facades; the east façade faces the street at the top of the hill, mean while the west façade faces a steep cliff.

© Marcos Mendizabal
© Marcos Mendizabal

The project was intended to blend into this urban landscape characterized by the combination of small colorful houses dispersed throughout the steep hillside. The building required to house 20 units, and thus its volume was much larger than the neighboring houses and would require a heavy intervention of the hill’s geography. This would destroy the scale and geography of this urban landscape.

To blend, the project required a smaller scale, and required to adapt into the geography. For this reason the building was fragmented into a series of smaller volumes. Each of these volumes is an individual unit, and has an individual color. They are placed at different altitudes following the slope of the hill, and thus, adapting the building into its geography. On the rear façade the units are slightly turned accentuating the idea of a combination of smaller units instead of a sole large volume. On the main façade, the volumes are aligned respecting the continuous façade of the street.

© Marcos Mendizabal
© Marcos Mendizabal

Certain construction elements that are present in the surrounding historical buildings, such as the small-wave galvanized coating and the tall wooden windows, were used in the facades. These were combined with new elements such as the double height windows and the perforated steel sheets of the parking lot gates. Together, these old and new elements mix into a contemporary façade with a strong local identity.

In the interior, the building is structured with a north-south axis containing three levels of corridors. Each one of these corridors has a series of short ladders that reflect how the building adapts to the slope of the site. The up most corridor has a succession of skylights separated from each other by colorful volumes, allowing the natural illumination of this area.

© Marcos Mendizabal
© Marcos Mendizabal

The building contains 20 lofts. The corridor at level -1 leads to the storerooms and to 6 two-story units, each one with a small garden overlooking the cliff. The street level contains the parking lots and 3 one story lofts. Finally, on level +1 are the entrances to 11 three-story lofts, each one with a roof-top terrace and a wide view towards the ocean.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Lofts Yungay II / Rearquitectura" 06 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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orlandoflowers · August 07, 2010

the disharmony we see in valparaiso's architecture is not cleverly captured on this project, i think it looks way too repetitive when you see it on its context. interesting anyway

Camila Passos · May 28, 2010

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tomseidler · April 27, 2010

great lofts with beautiful view - project from Chile

Esteban · April 23, 2010

As a native of Valparaiso, i must say that the project embodies the character of the city very precisely. The stairs an hills are a must in the city's topography, nicely done project. quite beautiful and modern while respecting the city's character.

Sebastian Tudor · April 13, 2010

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Christina Weber · April 09, 2010

Thought out design; "creating a harmonic landscape":

Maurice · April 08, 2010

Colorful new houses designed to adapt to geography in Valparaiso, Chile: Lofts Yungay II #architecture

Camila Romais · April 08, 2010

me too! RT @davidelossantos moraria fácil em um destes lofts:

Bridgette Steffen · April 08, 2010

In theory, I like this infill apartment complex, but think it&#39s totally out of place for Valparaiso.

davi dos santos · April 08, 2010

moraria fácil em um destes lofts:

baobabs · April 08, 2010

nice! love it!!

Taylor Snyder · April 08, 2010

Beautiful, colorful lofts. :-D

mc · April 07, 2010

how do the gates open??

Mustafa Fatih Belli · April 06, 2010

Too colorful facing which makes it look cheap.

Nicholas Patten · April 06, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Lofts Yungay II.

Carl · April 06, 2010

beautiful project, suits the topography nicely! how is this a boring project??

yuls · April 08, 2010 12:07 AM

I believe that you really dont know the context of valparaiso. This building is a true gem in that city.

arqpr23 · April 06, 2010

The street elevation is much nicer than the rear one.

Ballista Magazine · April 06, 2010

Conceptually this project is right on, but I think the execution is lacking due to the constaints of the real world (what else is new, right?). The colors and volumetric designations are absolutely necessary due to the scale of the building and the relative context...however...just think of how the elevation would benefit with a little deviation from the pattern they have established. The charm of these communities is their organic growth, and this (while attractive in my opinion) poses too strict of a regimen on the streetscape. I would bet a large sum of money that this pattern was not the intent and was the product of value engineering, but I'm surprised no one had commented on it thus far.

Jeison · April 06, 2010

beautiful. Congratulations!

Rade Lali?, Belgrade · April 06, 2010

Nice, and very not boring as someone said. Good distinction with colors, which is very could tell: I live in the yellow box, second floor etc.
App are small but well organized, which is much harder to deal with in the meaning of design.
Truth is that there are too many stairs, not to convenient for the disabled, but you can't have everything.

JUAN PABLO · April 06, 2010

Felicitaciones, excelente proyecto, bien por Valparaiso, recoge el alma de la edificicación porteña de los cerros.

blackstone · April 06, 2010

challenging site. nice project. use of color looks quite effective.

Lukas · April 06, 2010

The street elevation is absolutely fabulous.

The other side, though consists of the same elements is not that pretty. Two rows seems too much and the proportion of color to window area is different.

Yeah, there is quite a lot of stairs there but thats how this city grew. The road next to it is probably also not wheelchair friendly.

Overall I would gladly rent an apartment there!

KHUSHAL · April 06, 2010


Fami · April 06, 2010

too much stairs !!

alonso · December 07, 2010 08:47 PM

Valparaiso is a STAIRSFULL city xD

RiMV · April 06, 2010 09:11 PM

maybe you don't know Valparaiso


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