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Meri House / Pezo Von Ellrichshausen

  • Architects: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen
  • Location: La Florida, La Florida, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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Video: Alejandro Aravena on PRES Constitución and Rebuilding After Disaster

Santiago-based architect Alejandro Aravena of Elemental discusses the sustainable reconstruction of Constitución in Chile following a devastating earthquake in 2010. Given just 100 days to design a resilient masterplan, capable of protecting the city against future natural disasters, Elemental implemented a natural solution: planting a forest that would protect the city from future floods. The design has since receive international recognition, most recently being awarded first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Urban Development & Initiatives category.

JustPeople / Cristián Olivi

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© Nico Saieh
  • Architects: Cristián Olivi
  • Location: Las Condes, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Design Team: Daniela Reyes, Diana Menino, Roberto Gutierrez, SimpleLab
  • Furniture Design: Manuel Oneto
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Nico Saieh

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Amunategui Building / Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos

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San Damián Housing Estate / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

  • Architects: Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos
  • Location: Camino San Francisco de Asís, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Rodrigo Chauriye, Beatriz Stäger
  • Area: 3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Midas / Pablo Blanco

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Elemental, Arup, and Studio Tamassociati Win Zumtobel Awards for Innovation

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Courtesy of Massimo Grimaldi and Emergency ngo

Jury chairman Winy Maas has announced three projects by Arup, Studio Tamassociati and Elemental as winners of the 2014 Zumtobel Group Awards. With a goal to promote innovations for sustainability and humanity in the built environment, the awards represent three categories: Applied Innovations, Buildings and Urban Developments & Initiatives. This year’s winners were selected from 15 nominees, shortlisted from a competitive pool of 356 submissions. 

The winning projects are marked by their innovative and ground-breaking character: “The voting to find the number one project was very close in all three categories, because in each case we were able to choose from among a large number of heterogeneous projects of high quality," Described Maas. "One key criterion for the jury this year was the innovation factor, both in a technical sense and with a view to planning and participation processes as well as ecological and social challenges.”

See the winning projects, after the break.

Charred Cabin / DRAA

  • Architects: DRAA
  • Location: Olmué, Olmué, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Area: 15.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Felipe Camus

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Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos

  • Architects: Molo Arquitectos
  • Location: Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Daniel Morales Escudero
  • Area: 101.0 m2
  • Year Project: 2013
  • Photography: Cortesia de Molo Arquitectos

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Exclusive Video: Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

Chile is recognized internationally for the quality of its architecture, even though its most lauded projects are not often found in urban areas. At a time when the true potential of Chilean architecture seems absent from the South American country's cities, Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL has designed a conceptually - and physically - dense project in Santiago.  

MO House / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos

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Casablanca_67 House / Orlando Etcheberrigaray

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DAf Offices / Albert Tidy

  • Architects: Albert Tidy
  • Location: Los Navegantes 1955, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Collaborators: Melisa Ortíz, Sebastián Cruz
  • Project Area: 343.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Pablo Casals-Aguirre

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Chiloe Leisure Center / Jonas Retamal + Laura Houssin

  • Architects: Jonas Retamal, Laura Houssin
  • Location: Huenuco, Castro, Los Lagos Region, Chile
  • Collaborators: Lautaro Álvarez, Diego Aguilera
  • Project Area: 1100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Pablo Casals-Aguirre, Courtesy of Jonas Retamal

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La Leonera Mountain Retreat / DRAA

  • Architects: DRAA
  • Location: Farellones, Lo Barnechea, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Design Team: Nicolas del Rio, Felipe Camus
  • Associate Architect: Felipe Camus
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Felipe Camus

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Minga Valpo: Architects and Sustainable Reconstruction in Valparaíso, Chile

Courtesy of Minga Valpo
Courtesy of Minga Valpo

After the fire this past April in Valparaíso, Chile, a group of young architects went to the port city to develop a reconstruction project based on energy efficiency, recycled materials, and adaptability to Valparaíso's topographic context. The Minga Valpo project has not only achieved these objectives, but it has also allowed families to help build their own houses. In a mere three months, Minga Valpo has already built three houses.

Take a look at photographs of the project and read the architects' description after the break. 

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Translating Smiljan Radić's Serpentine Pavilion from Fantasy to Fabrication

Settled neatly in the quiet hum of London's Kensington Gardens rests Smiljan Radić's 2014 Serpentine Pavilion, an ethereal mass of carefully moulded fiberglass punctuated by precisely cut openings. Radić desired a structure that appears thin and brittle, yet was strong enough to support itself, and his affection for the rudimental layered qualities of papier-mâché - his maquette medium of choice - inspired the use of fiberglass by AECOM, who engineered Radić's wild ideas. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Paper-Thin Walls," an AECOM engineer explains their solution. Read on after the break to find out more.