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STV Building / Cristián Berríos Arquitecto

  • Architects: Cristián Berríos Arquitecto
  • Location: Victor Lamas 1090, Concepción, Biobío, Chile
  • Associated Architect: Cristian Dippel
  • Area: 486.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jordi Regot

© Jordi Regot © Jordi Regot © Jordi Regot © Jordi Regot

Civilization 0.000: A Skyscraper for a "New Advanced Society"

Imagine a future in which all the Earth's divisions are removed: countries abolished, borders dissolved, and governments overthrown. Such is the version of planet Earth for which "Civilization 0.000", the 2013 master's thesis project by Dimo Ivanov of RWTH Aachen University, is designed. Envisioning a future free of "unnatural division" and where the earth's resources are measured and meted out according to human need, the project proposes a series of interlinked skyscrapers or "0.000 Units" that harness local earth resources. Each of the units assumes one of 6 key functions: living space, education, resource management, production, energy storage, and electricity generation. Functions are determined by the environment in which the units are sited.

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Contreras House / Gustavo Crisóstomo

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Concha y Toro Winery Research and Innovation Center / Claro + Westendarp Arquitectos

  • Architects: Claro + Westendarp Arquitectos
  • Location: Pencahue, Pencahue, Maule Region, Chile
  • Project Architects: Juan Ignacio Claro E., Andrés Westendarp Z
  • Collaborators: Benjamín Goñi H, Ana Rodrigo R, Eduardo Cid B
  • Photographs: Pablo Casals Aguirre

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SH House / 01ARQ

  • Architects: 01ARQ
  • Location: La Dehesa, Lo Barnechea, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
  • Principal Architects: Cristian Winckler.Pablo Saric.Felipe Fritz
  • Area: 674.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

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Student Housing from República Portátil to Foster Stronger Community Ties

Chilean architects República Portátil have revealed their proposal for temporary multi-residential housing in Concepción, Chile.  Responding to sites left vacant in the wake of the 2010 Chile Earthquake, the Vertical Student Housing project would accommodate students and members of the general public alike.

Driven by a desire to "promote interaction and relationships among strangers," República Portátil frame the housing project as a counterpoint to "standardized real estate projects" which, in their view, encourage "social segregation of the city."

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

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Don’t Sell Yourself Short: Architects Address Social Polarization in Chile

With almost half of the world’s wealth owned by 1% of the population, the spatial and physical effects of this inequality are becoming more pronounced in the world’s cities, and mitigating this polarization of society is an increasingly pressing issue. A new project led by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Architects without Borders and Emergency Architecture & Human Rights.DK, is addressing this issue in Chile, with a development project proposal for Santiago’s largest unofficial settlement.

Architects of Invention and Archiplan Propose "Origami Highline" for Santiago

Chilean architects Archiplan and international office Architects of Invention have unveiled their concept design for a new public plaza in Santiago. Prepared as a competition entry, the proposal is a tribute to the late Chilean architect Fernando Castillo Velasco, sited in front of his iconic Tajamar Towers.

Entitled "Origami Highline," the project draws inspiration from the ancient Japanese paper folding craft of origami and takes the form of a sculptural intervention in Balmaceda Park.

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El Carmen Hospital Maipu / BBATS Consulting & Projects + Murtinho+Raby Arquitectos

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Explora Hotel in Patagonia / Germán del Sol + José Cruz

  • Architects: Germán del Sol, José Cruz
  • Location: Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
  • Structure: Fernando del Sol Ing. Asociados
  • Project Year: 1993
  • Photographs: Guy Wenborne , Courtesy of Germán del Sol, José Cruz

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In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects

  • Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Architect In Charge: Siamak Hariri - Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Local Architect: BL Arquitectos
  • Client: National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Chile, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada
  • General Contractor: Desarrollo y Construcción del Templo Bahá'í para Sudamérica Ltda.
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America

Nearly four years after the start of its construction, South America’s first Bahá’í temple is beginning to take shape. Designed by Canadian firm Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple is being constructed at the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile. The building is comprised of “nine translucent wings, rising directly from the ground, and giving the impression of floating over a large reflecting water pool,” describes the project’s website. Each wing is designed like a leaf, with a steel “main stem” and “secondary veins of steel” supporting its cast glass exterior. During the day, the cast glass will filter sunlight into the temple, while at night the temple’s interior lighting will produce a soft glow on the outside.

The structure’s steel columns are now fully self-supported on its concrete foundation, and the steel frames and interior marble panels of each of the nine wings have been completed. In October, the project reached an important milestone as the installation of the cast glass cladding began on the outside of the wings. 

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Swett House / Prado Arquitectos

  • Architects: Prado Arquitectos
  • Location: Chiguayante, Chiguayante, Bío Bío Region, Chile
  • Project Architects: Cristian Prado, Tomas Prado, Raúl Espinoza
  • Collaborators: Katia González, Daniel Pinilla
  • Project Area: 377.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Daniel Pinilla

© Daniel Pinilla © Daniel Pinilla © Daniel Pinilla © Daniel Pinilla

Chile to (Finally) Build Gaudí’s Only Project Outside of Spain

Chile may soon be home to the only Antoni Gaudí-designed building located outside of Spain. At a recent press conference, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet confirmed government funding for the construction of the Gaudí Cultural and Spiritual Center in the city of Rancagua, which will include a chapel designed by the Catalán architect. 

The project originated in 1922 through a series of letters exchanged between Gaudí and Chilean Franciscan Friar Angélico Aranda, who asked Gaudí to design a chapel for Chile. “I wish to implement an original work, very original, and I thought of you,” wrote Aranda to Gaudí, who by then was immersed in constructing his masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.  Since 1996, Chile’s Corporación Gaudí de Triana has been working to make the design resulting from this conversation a reality. 

Learn more about this project after the break. 

Letter from Gaudí to Aranda, page 1 (1922). Image © Corporación Gaudí de Triana Letter from Aranda to Gaudí (1922). Image © Corporación Gaudí de Triana Croquis of the Our Lady of Angels” Chapel. Image © Corporación Gaudí de Triana Croquis of the Our Lady of Angels” Chapel. Image © Corporación Gaudí de Triana

Wicker Metamorphosis / Normal Architecture Studio

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