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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

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

Goycolea Building / FG arquitectos

  • Architects: FG arquitectos
  • Location: Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Alfredo Fernández Recart, Enrique Colin Altuzarra, Matías González Rast
  • Area: 15562.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos)

Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos) Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos) Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos) Courtesy of Renato Sepúlveda, Enrique Colin (FG arquitectos)

How a Le Corbusier Design Helped Define the Architecture of Southern California

We all know that in architecture, few things are truly original. Architects take inspiration from all around them, often taking ideas from the designs of others to reinterpret them in their own work. However, it's more rare that a single architectural element can be borrowed to define the style of an entire region. As uncovered in this article, originally published by Curbed as "Le Corbusier's Forgotten Design: SoCal's Iconic Butterfly Roof," this is exactly what happened to Le Corbusier, who - despite only completing one building in the US - still had a significant impact on the appearance of the West Coast.

Atop thousands of homes in the warm western regions of the United States are roofs that turn the traditional housetop silhouette on its head. Two panels meet in the middle of the roofline and slope upward and outward, like butterfly wings in mid-flap. This similarity gave the "butterfly roof" its name, and it is a distinct feature of post-war American residential and commercial architecture. In Hawaii, Southern California, and other sun-drenched places, the butterfly roofs made way for high windows that let in natural light. Homes topped with butterfly roofs seemed larger and more inviting.

Credit for the butterfly roof design often goes to architect William Krisel. He began building single-family homes with butterfly rooflines for the Alexander Construction Company, a father-son development team, in Palm Springs, California, in 1957. The Alexander Construction Company, mostly using Krisel's designs, built over 2,500 tract homes in the desert. These homes, and their roofs, shaped the desert community, and soon other architects and developers began building them, too—the popularity of Krisel's Palm Springs work led to commissions building over 30,000 homes in the Southland from San Diego to the San Fernando Valley.

Carol Urzua / Lira Arquitectos Asociados

  • Architects: Lira Arquitectos Asociados
  • Location: Santa Rosa 1727, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Raimundo Lira, Marlene Fischer, Diego Arroyo, Carolina Valenzuela
  • Area: 2373.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Pedro Mutis

© Pedro Mutis   © Pedro Mutis   © Pedro Mutis   © Pedro Mutis

Corredor House / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

  • Architects: Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos
  • Location: Huelquén, Paine, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Rodrigo Chauriye, Beatriz Stäger
  • Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco

SIP m3 House / Ian Hsü + Gabriel Rudolphy

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld

Termas Geométricas Hot Springs Complex / Germán del Sol

  • Architects: Germán del Sol
  • Location: Coñaripe, Panguipulli, Los Ríos Region, Chile
  • Area: 1280.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Guy Wenborne

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne

Los Morros House / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

© Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco

House 1957 / Brugnoli Asociados Arquitectos

© Juan Dúran Sierralta © Juan Dúran Sierralta © Juan Dúran Sierralta © Juan Dúran Sierralta

Remota Hotel in Patagonia / Germán del Sol

  • Architects: Germán del Sol
  • Location: Puerto Natales, Natales, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
  • Design Team: José Luis Ibañez, Architect, Francisca Schuler, Architect. Carlos Venegas, Architect.
  • Area: 12000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Guy Wenborne , Michael Turek

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne

Barbecue Place in Lampa / Rosario Illanes Feuerhake + Josefina Feuerhake Rodríguez

  • Architects: Rosario Illanes Feuerhake, Josefina Feuerhake Rodríguez
  • Location: Lampa, Lampa, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Natalia Vial

© Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial © Natalia Vial

Reflections on the 2014 Venice Biennale

Fundamentals, the title of the 2014 Venice Biennale, will close its doors in a matter of days (on the 23rd November). From the moment Rem Koolhaas revealed the title for this year’s Biennale in January 2013, asking national curators to respond directly to the theme of ‘Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014’, there was an inkling that this Biennale would be in some way special. Having rejected offers to direct the Biennale in the past, the fact that Koolhaas chose to act not only as curator but also thematic co-ordinator of the complete international effort, was significant. This announcement led Peter Eisenman (one of Koolhaas' earliest tutors and advocates) to state in one interview that “[Rem is] stating his end: the end of [his] career, the end of [his] hegemony, the end of [his] mythology, the end of everything, the end of architecture.”

ED House / Eduardo Guzmán Rivera + Juan Carlos Muñoz Del Sante

© Cristian Muñoz Del Sante © Cristian Muñoz Del Sante © Cristian Muñoz Del Sante © Cristian Muñoz Del Sante

ZX FLUX Adidas Gallery / Arquitectos Asociados.lo

  • Architects: Arquitectos Asociados.lo
  • Location: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Eduardo Labra B., Diego Ortuzar F.
  • Area: 60.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Francisco Ibañez

© Francisco Ibañez © Francisco Ibañez © Francisco Ibañez © Francisco Ibañez