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Condominio Polo Cachagua Etapa 1 / Estudio Valdés

© Felipe Díaz Contardo
© Felipe Díaz Contardo
  • Architects: Estudio Valdés
  • Location: Federico Kohnenkampf, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Leonardo Valdés Cruz, Carlos Ignacio Cruz Elton, Alberto Cruz Elton
  • Area: 1286.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Felipe Díaz Contardo

© Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo

Echeñique House / Fones Arquitectos

  • Architects: Fones Arquitectos
  • Location: Echenique, La Reina, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Nicolas Fones Claro
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Antonio Aros

© Antonio Aros © Antonio Aros © Antonio Aros © Antonio Aros

After the Wildfires: How Will Chile Rebuild Its Informal Communities?

For those unfamiliar with Valparaíso, allow me to inform you: this city is a treasure. The UNESCO World Heritage site and cultural capital of Chile is defined by its winding paths, happily graffitied streets, antiquated funiculars, and - above all - its colorful, tightly-packed hills. And because of its precarious density, the city was brought to its knees by vicious forest fires this past weekend, fires which quickly spread and consumed 2,500 acres, displacing over 12,500 people whose homes were destroyed. 

The hills where the fires hit hardest are similar to Brazilian favelas - inhabited by informal residents who have little to no access to infrastructure and who constructed their homes themselves, illegally, and - as the fires have proven - rather perilously.

The response of the Chilean government so far has been to suggest bulldozing and building again in “a more orderly manner.” To do so, the government has intimated that it will expropriate land and relocate citizens to safer sites.  

©  M. Campos, Vía Soychile.cl © Colegio de Arquitectos ©  M. Campos, Vía Soychile.cl © David Assael, co-founder of ArchDaily

Synthon Laboratory Building / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh

Ambient 30 60 - YAP CONSTRUCTO 2014 / UMWELT

  • Architects: UMWELT
  • Location: Parque Araucano, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects: Scheidegger & García Partarrieu
  • Project Area: 445.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photography: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma, Courtesy of UMWELT

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Carozzi Production and Research Food Center / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

  • Architects: GH+A | Guillermo Hevia
  • Location: San Bernardo, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge: Tomás Villalón A., Francisco Carrión G., Javier González E.
  • Project Area: 52000 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh

Casa Aguantao / Fones Arquitectos

  • Architects: Fones Arquitectos
  • Location: Rilan, Castro, Los Lagos Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Nicolas Fones Claro
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Imanol Zubizarreta

© Imanol Zubizarreta © Imanol Zubizarreta © Imanol Zubizarreta © Imanol Zubizarreta

Federico Varela High School/ Crisosto Arquitectos Consultores

© Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros

ARyS House / Peñafiel Arquitectos

  • Architects: Peñafiel Arquitectos
  • Location: Aurelio González, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: José Domingo Peñafiel
  • Area: 2660.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Pablo Casals-Aguirre

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Deloitte Building / CFA-Cristián Fernandez Arquitectos

  • Architects: CFA-Cristián Fernandez Arquitectos
  • Location: Rosario Norte 331-459, Las Condes, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architect: Cristián Fernandez Eyzaguirre
  • Collaborators: Andrés Parker S., Adolfo Pinto A., Tamara Rodriguez P.
  • Project Area: 51393.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Felipe Díaz, Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Felipe Díaz

Gago House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Tunquén House / Mas Fernandez Arquitectos

  • Architect: Mas Fernandez Arquitectos
  • Location: Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Cristóbal Fernández, Francisca Ruiz, Rodrigo O´ryan
  • Area: 120 sqm
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh

House at Rupanco Lake / Squella Arquitectos

  • Architects: Squella Arquitectos
  • Location: Rupanco Lake, Puyehue, Los Lagos Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge: Jorge Squella, Sebastian Squella, German Squella
  • Area: 237.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: German Squella, Magdalena Squella

© Magdalena Squella © Magdalena Squella © Magdalena Squella © German Squella

National Stadium Aquatics Center / Iglesis Prat Arquitectos

  • Architects: Iglesis Prat Arquitectos
  • Location: Estadio Nacional - Avenida Grecia 2001, Ñuñoa 02, Santiago, Chile
  • Project Architect: Jorge Iglesis
  • Project Area: 6839.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán

© Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán © Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán © Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán © Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán

MIL House / A+D Proyectos

  • Architects: A+D Proyectos
  • Location: Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge: Max Ibáñez, Claudio Labarca
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of A+D Proyectos

Courtesy of A+D Proyectos Courtesy of A+D Proyectos Courtesy of A+D Proyectos Courtesy of A+D Proyectos

Peñalolen Velodrome / Iglesis Prat Arquitectos

  • Architects: Iglesis Prat Arquitectos
  • Location: Parque Peñalolén - Avenida José Arrieta 7659, Peñalolén, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architect: Jorge Iglesis
  • Project Area: 9851.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Diego Elgueta, Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán

© Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán © Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán © Diego Elgueta © Diego Elgueta