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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. 

Japanese and Chilean Architects Collaborate to Design Houses for the Ochoalcubo Project

Ochoalcubo (Eight-Cubed) is a pioneering project in Chile that seeks to unite leading Chilean and Japanese practices with ground-breaking architecture. The collaborative enterprise was started by Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who began working in Chile in the 1980s and who has always been a strong advocate for innovative design and architecture in the country. For a nation that boasts more than forty individual schools of architecture, the ever growing number of professionals seems to have had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Faced with the seemingly infinite landscape of 'cookie-cutter housing' in the suburbs, Godoy implemented Ochoalcubo in order to provide opportunities for young professionals, alongside fostering a new kind of appreciation for the profession itself. With a large number of architects having taken part in the first stage, including Smiljan Radic (designer of the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion), the third and fourth stage of what is certainly one of the world's largest active architectural laboratories will be launched in the coming days.

See images from all sixteen proposals from third and fourth stages of the Ochoalcubo project, including those by SANAASou FujimotoKengo KumaAlejandro Aravena and Atelier Bow Wow, after the break.

Extension in Casablanca / Ricardo Atanacio Balbontin

  • Architects: Ricardo Atanacio Balbontin
  • Location: Casablanca, Chile, Casablanca, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Project Area: 90.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Aryeh Kornfeld

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Manuel Anabalón Saez School Building / Gubbins Arquitectos

  • Architects: Gubbins Arquitectos
  • Location: Panguipulli, Panguipulli, Los Ríos Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Pedro Gubbins Foxley, Victor Gubbins Browne
  • Design Stage Collaborators: Daniela Torm, Andres Cea, Pablo Montecinos
  • Construction Stage Collaborators: Pablo Montecinos
  • Project Area: 3800.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Marcos Mendizabal

© Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal © Marcos Mendizabal

Chovar House / Tidy Arquitectos

  • Architects: Tidy Arquitectos
  • Location: Paul Harris 1409, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects: Albert Tidy , Ian Tidy
  • Project Area: 211.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photography: Marcelo Cáceres

© Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres © Marcelo Cáceres

Casablanca / UNOATRES Arquitectos

  • Architects: UNOATRES Arquitectos
  • Location: Casablanca, Chile, Casablanca, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: UNOATRES Arquitectos, Francisca Anfruns, A-escala
  • Structure: Alberto Ramírez Covo
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla

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2 Hermanos Cabin / WMR Arquitectos

  • Architects: WMR Arquitectos
  • Location: Matanzas, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Area: 50.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

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

Swift House / WMR Arquitectos

  • Architects: WMR Arquitectos
  • Location: Matanzas, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Area: 285.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

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

Casa Rupanco / duval+vives arquitectos

  • Architects: duval+vives arquitectos
  • Location: Lago Rupanco, Valdivia, Los Ríos Region, Chile
  • Lead Architects: Antonio Duval, Pablo Vives
  • Area: 245.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Cortesia de d+vA | Duval + Vives Arquitectos

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Two Architecture Firms Represent Chile at Time Space Existence Exhibition

The only Chilean architects selected by Rem Koolhaas to participate in the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale were Ortuzar & Gebauer and Simonetti & Stewart. The architecture firms teamed up to showcase two singular projects – a hotel on stilts and an open plan office building – that mark the beginning of renewal in different neighborhoods. The exhibition, which runs until 23 November 2014, looks at how architects influence our daily existence through our understanding of time and space. To learn more about the Chilean team’s contribution to the event, keep reading after the break.

Center of Traditions Lo Barnechea / Gonzalo Mardones V Arquitectos

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Cortes House / WMR Arquitectos

  • Architects: WMR Arquitectos
  • Location: El Arco, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Felipe Wedeles, Jorge Manieu, Macarena Rabat
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

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

Catch The Views House / LAND Arquitectos

  • Architects: LAND Arquitectos
  • Location: Zapallar, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Cristobal Valenzuela H, Angela Delorenzo A
  • Area: 593.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

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

Single-Family Residence Tunquén / CO2 Arquitectos

  • Architects: CO2 Arquitectos
  • Location: Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge: Cristián Oliva C., Camilo Oliva A.
  • Area: 207.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Productora AndesEmpire

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