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Contreras House / Gustavo Crisóstomo

© James Florio © James Florio © James Florio © James Florio

Santa Rosa de Constitución School and Memorial / LAND Architects

  • Architects: LAND Arquitectos
  • Location: Constitución, Constitución, Maule Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Javier Lorenzo
  • Area: 1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone

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

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

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

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

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

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Pablo Casals - Aguirre

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

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

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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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.