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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

Win a Scholarship for the AA Visiting School in Santiago

UPDATE: The Jury has selected Jeremy Jacinth and Luliana Teodora Amza as the winners of the £600 scholarship to participate in the GIPpy workshop at the AA Visiting School in Santiago, Chile. 

What does Soviet Union architecture have to do with Chilean astronomy? A lot more than many realize. In the 1960s, the Soviet Union manufactured three Grand Passage Instrument telescopes (GIPpy), and their accompanying domes in Saint Petersburg. Unfortunately, they fell into ruin after the Soviet astronomical mission’s departure from Chile following the 1973 military coup d-etat. Now, however, the Architectural Association Visiting School in Santiago, Chile, in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University, will host a 10-day workshop in January on the GIPpy telescopes. The workshop is organized by the team that was recently awarded the Silver Lion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale for their work on Soviet prefabricated housing in Chile, and we’ve teamed up with the Architectural Association Visiting School to give away two £600 scholarships to attend the workshop! 

For more information on the workshop and to find out how to enter to win a scholarship read on after the break…

Saunas and Pools in Atacama / Germán del Sol

  • Architects: Germán del Sol
  • Location: San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
  • Area: 940.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2000
  • Photographs: Guy Wenborne

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Resiter Office Building / Raimundo Lira Arquitectos

  • Architects: Raimundo Lira Arquitectos
  • Location: Los Conquistadores 2752, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects In Charge: Raimundo Lira, Marlene Fischer
  • Partner Architects: Francisco García Huidobro, Carolina Jara, Arturo Saavedra
  • Area: 1455.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Pedro Mutis

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

TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena

“If there is any power in design, that’s the power of synthesis.”

In this TED Talk Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, the founder of ELEMENTAL, speaks about some of the design challenges he has faced in Chile and his innovative approaches to solving them. Emphasizing the need for simplicity in design, Aravena talks about three of his projects: the Quinta Monroy social housing project, through which he developed the “half-finished home” typology for governments to provide quality homes at incredibly low-prices; his “inside-out” design for the Pontifical Catholic University’s Innovation Center UC – Anacelto Angelini, which reduced energy costs by two-thirds; and lastly his masterplan for rebuilding a resilient coastline in Constitución Chile after the city was hit by the 2010 earthquake.

Aravena also emphasized the importance of community participation in his projects, saying: “We won’t ever solve the problem unless we use people’s own capacity to build.” Watch Aravena’s full talk above and take a peek at some of his key projects below. 

TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena

Puritama Thermal Bath / Germán del Sol

  • Architects: Germán del Sol
  • Location: Río Puritama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
  • Area: 1190.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2000
  • Photographs: Guy Wenborne , Courtesy of Felipe Camus, Courtesy of Germán del Sol

Courtesy of Felipe Camus © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne Courtesy of Felipe Camus

Casa Retiro Kawelluco / Lira Arquitectos Asociados

  • Architects: Lira Arquitectos Asociados
  • Location: Pucón, Pucón, Araucanía Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Raimundo Lira, Daniel Marín
  • Constructor: Ramón Salazar
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados

Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados

A Home in the City / Romero Silva Arquitectos

  • Architects: Romero Silva Arquitectos
  • Location: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Diego Romero, Ernesto Silva
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Bruno Giliberto

© Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto