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Chilean Architecture

Capital Santiago

Language Spanish

Area 756,096.3 km2

Population 18,006,407

Chile's architecture ranges from a traditional colonial aesthetic to contemporary modern architecture as it traverses the variety of landscapes that make up the South American country. Chilean architecture and chilean architects have continued to define their place in contemporary architecture, with firms such as Alejandro Aravena and Pezo von Ellrichshausen garnering global attention and awards. This list of projects, news, and interviews delves into the intersections of geographies and styles that make up the chilean architectural identity.
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Alejandro Aravena on Moving Architecture "From the Specificity of the Problem to the Ambiguity of the Question"

09:30 - 20 July, 2017
Alejandro Aravena on Moving Architecture "From the Specificity of the Problem to the Ambiguity of the Question", © Álvaro González
© Álvaro González

This interview with the winner of the 2016 Pritzker Prize, Alejandro Aravena, was published last year in Issue 31 of Revista AOA, a Spanish-language magazine published by the Association of Architecture Offices of Chile. The interview was conducted by the editorial committee of Revista AOA—represented by Yves Besançon, Francisca Pulido and Tomás Swettand is accompanied by photographs by Álvaro González. Aravena's openness and warmth allowed them to deliver a profound questionnaire about his thoughts and architectural projections, especially in light of Aravena's Venice Biennale which took place last year.

How to Build A Tiki Bar in 18 Easy-to-Follow Steps

06:00 - 18 July, 2017
How to Build A Tiki Bar in 18 Easy-to-Follow Steps, © Manuel Albornoz
© Manuel Albornoz

How to build a Tiki Bar in your backyard with instructions and images.

Spotlight: Smiljan Radić

11:30 - 21 June, 2017
Spotlight: Smiljan Radić,  The Winery at VIK. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
The Winery at VIK. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Mainly known outside of his home country for his design of the 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, architect Smiljan Radić (born June 21, 1965) is one of the most prominent figures in current Chilean architecture. With a distinctive approach to form, materials, and natural settings, Radić builds small- to medium-sized projects that flirt with the notion of fragility.

The Construction Details of ELEMENTAL's Incremental Housing

08:00 - 18 June, 2017
The Construction Details of ELEMENTAL's Incremental Housing, Quinta Monroy, Section © ELEMENTAL
Quinta Monroy, Section © ELEMENTAL

Good location, harmonious growth over time, concern for urban design, and the delivery of a structure that has "middle-class DNA" are the key points of the ABC of incremental housing, developed in detail by the Chilean architects ELEMENTAL. It's a question of ensuring a balance between "low-rise high-density, without overcrowding, with the possibility of expansion (from social housing to middle-class dwelling)."

Continuity of Structure Defines this Timber Canopy in Chile

16:00 - 21 May, 2017
Continuity of Structure Defines this Timber Canopy in Chile , © Tomás Weisser
© Tomás Weisser

Set in a valley located 45 minutes west of Santiago de Chile, an elementary timber shed by Josep Ferrando and Diego Baloian seeks to unhinge the division between vertical and horizontal architectural elements. The scheme is the result of a private commission to build a wooden shed on a family-owned plot in the town of Curacaví, halfway between the Chilean capital and the coastal town of Valparaíso. 

TED Talk: The Designer of Chile's Bahá'í Temple Explores Sacred Spaces in a Secular Time

09:30 - 28 April, 2017
TED Talk: The Designer of Chile's Bahá'í Temple Explores Sacred Spaces in a Secular Time, © Vanessa Guillen
© Vanessa Guillen

In a recent TED Talk, architect Siamak Hariri takes the audience inside his design process for the Bahá'í Temple of South America. Responding to an open call in 2003 to design the last of the faith's continental temples in Santiago, Chile, Hariri recalls a moment as a student at Yale when he learned about the transcendent power of architecture, a moment he tried to recreate in the twelve-year project.

Download High Resolution World City Maps for CAD

12:00 - 12 April, 2017
Download High Resolution World City Maps for CAD, Cortesía de Mapacad
Cortesía de Mapacad

Mapacad is a website that offers downloads of .dwgs of dozens of cities. With 200 metropolises in their database, the founders have shared a set of their most-downloaded cities.  

Bahá’í Temple of South America Wins 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award

06:00 - 6 April, 2017
Bahá’í Temple of South America Wins 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award, © Vanessa Guillen
© Vanessa Guillen

Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects’ Bahá’í Temple of South America has won the 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

This Rope Reinforcement System is an Innovation in the Structure of Adobe Buildings

08:00 - 26 February, 2017
This Rope Reinforcement System is an Innovation in the Structure of Adobe Buildings, © Camilo Giribas
© Camilo Giribas

In the city of Belén, Chile, as a part of the second phase of a Training Program for the Restoration of Facades in Belén, two historically important structures were recently completely restored. The project was financed by the Regional Government of Arica and Parinacota and SUBDERE (Undersecretariat of Regional and Administrative Development), in partnership with the Altiplano Foundation. 

Future Architecture Platform Reveals 2017 Laureates

11:16 - 1 February, 2017
Future Architecture Platform Reveals 2017 Laureates, Courtesy of Future Architecture Platform
Courtesy of Future Architecture Platform

Following a second call for ideas from the Future Architecture Platform (MAO), a total of 337 ideas by 594 authors from 56 countries were submitted and distributed for public vote. 14,381 valid votes were logged by the organisation, and Assembling Narratives by Danai Toursoglou Papalexandridou (Greece) was chosen the favorite. She is one of a further 24 selected creatives who will be invited to participate at the Matchmaking Conference in late February at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in Ljubljana.

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