GIZ / FAR frohn&rojas

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas
Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas

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School of Economics and Business Diego Portales University / Rafael Hevia + Rodrigo Duque Motta + Gabriela Manzi

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Clara, Huechuraba, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Collaborator

    Catalina Ventura
  • External Collaborator

    Martin Holmes
  • Project Area

    16644.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +28

Universidad de Chile - Juan Gomez Millas Campus Classroom Building / Marsino Arquitectos Asociados

23:14 - 2 May, 2014
© Felipe Díaz Contardo
© Felipe Díaz Contardo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Palmeras, Ñuñoa, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Jorge Marsino P., María Inés Buzzoni G., Diego Achurra Q.
  • Project Area

    17787.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Felipe Díaz Contardo

© Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo +34

Hostal Ritoque / Gabriel Rudolphy + Alejandro Soffia

01:00 - 30 April, 2014
© Juan Durán Sierralta
© Juan Durán Sierralta

What If MOMA Had Expanded Underground (And Saved The American Folk Art Museum)?

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Sculpture Garden, MOMA. Image © Andrew Moore, http://andrewlmoore.com/
Sculpture Garden, MOMA. Image © Andrew Moore, http://andrewlmoore.com/

In January of this year, the latest work by Smiljan Radic, the Chilean architect chosen to design the next Serpentine Pavilion, opened to public acclaim. The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo de Arte Precolombino), located in Santiago de Chile, is a restoration project that managed to sensitively maintain an original colonial structure  - all while increasing the space by about 70%. 

Two days before the The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art opened, the Museum of Metropolitan Art (MOMA) in New York issued a statement that it would demolish the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM), designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, in order to accomplish its envisioned expansion. Two weeks ago, preparations for demolition began.

Some background: MOMA had hired Diller Scofidio + Renfro a year earlier to design the expansion. The office asked for a period of six months to consider the possibilities of integrating the American Folk Art Museum into the design. After studying a vast array of options (unknown to the public) they were unable to accommodate MOMA’s shifting program needs with the AFAM building. They proposed a new circulation loop with additional gallery space and new program located where the AFAM is (was) located.

What appears here is not strictly a battle between an institution that wants to reflect the spirit of the time vs a building that is inherently specific to its place. It represents a lost design opportunity. What if the American Folk Art Museum had been considered an untouchable civic space in the city of New York, much like the The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is for the city for Santiago? Then a whole new strategy for adaptive reuse would have emerged.

Renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art / Smiljan Radic. Image Courtesy of The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art Diagrams of the plan for the renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art / Smiljan Radic. Image Courtesy of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino's Facebook Page Renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, in progress. Image Courtesy of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino's Facebook Page Renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art / Smiljan Radic. Image © Nico Saieh +15

School of Design and Institute of Urban Studies / Sebastián Irarrázaval

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
  • Architect

  • Location

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Monsenor Carlos Casanueva, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Associated Architects

    Cristián Irarrázaval, Francisca Rivera
  • Project Management

    Departamento de Infraestructura de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Technical Inspection

    Dictuc
  • Area

    4716.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photos

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +44

ELEMENTAL Proposes Pedestrian Path To Connect Districts of Santiago

00:00 - 23 April, 2014
© ELEMENTAL
© ELEMENTAL

ELEMENTAL has given us details on a proposed 14.5 km pedestrian and bike path within Santiago, Chile that will run along the base of San Cristobal Hill and connect the city's many distinct communities. According to ELEMENTAL, the proposal - named "Metropolitan Promenade" - seeks to facilitate the use and quality of the city's public spaces.

The total project will cost about $16 million USD and will be constructed in two stages. The first is expected for March 2015 and will deal with 7.2 kilometers in the western sector of the park. The second stage, which should be ready in September 2015, will complete the following 7.3 kilometers in the eastern sector of the park.

Read the full architect's description, after the break.

© ELEMENTAL © ELEMENTAL © ELEMENTAL © Guy Wenborne. Image © ELEMENTAL +12

Edificio Vitra / Sebastián Larroulet + Arturo López + Francisco Vergara A.

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
© Cristian Brahona
© Cristian Brahona
  • Architects

    Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara A.
  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Area

    8286.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Cristian Brahona, Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara

Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara © Cristian Brahona +20

Echeñique House / Fones Arquitectos

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
© Antonio Aros
© Antonio Aros

© Antonio Aros © Antonio Aros © Antonio Aros © Antonio Aros +29

Condominio Polo Cachagua Etapa 1 / Estudio Valdés

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
© Felipe Díaz Contardo
© Felipe Díaz Contardo
  • Architects

  • 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 +34

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

01:00 - 17 April, 2014

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.  

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Synthon Laboratory Building / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +23

Ambient 30 60 - YAP CONSTRUCTO 2014 / UMWELT

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
  • Architects

  • 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 +24

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

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
  • Architects

  • 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 +36

Casa Aguantao / Fones Arquitectos

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
© Imanol Zubizarreta
© Imanol Zubizarreta
  • Architects

  • 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 +26

House Nº1 in Curacavi / Felipe Combeau + Pablo Alfaro

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
Courtesy of Felipe Combeau
Courtesy of Felipe Combeau
  • Architects

  • Location

    Curacaví, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Felipe Combeau
  • Design Team

    Felipe Combeau, Pablo Alfaro
  • Area

    202.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Felipe Combeau

Courtesy of Felipe Combeau Courtesy of Felipe Combeau Courtesy of Felipe Combeau Courtesy of Felipe Combeau +28

Federico Varela High School/ Crisosto Arquitectos Consultores

01:00 - 6 April, 2014
© Pablo Blanco Barros
© Pablo Blanco Barros

© Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros © Pablo Blanco Barros +30

ARyS House / Peñafiel Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 April, 2014
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre +21