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Rocas House / Studio MK27 + 57STUDIO

  • Architects: Studio MK27, 57STUDIO
  • Location: El Pangue, Zapallar, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Author: Marcio Kogan
  • Co-Author: Renata Furlanetto, Maurizio Angelini, Benjamín Oportot
  • Project Team: Carlos Costa, Diana Radomysler, Laura Guedes, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas
  • Project Area: 460.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Lo Curro House / Nicolas Loi

  • Architects: Nicolas Loi
  • Location: Lo Curro, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal

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Casa en Peñalolén / Planmaestro

  • Architects: Planmaestro
  • Location: Los Cerezos 5981, Peñalolén, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Area: 150.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Alejandro Galarce, Mathias Jacob

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AD Round Up: Smiljan Radic

Although previously unknown except in his native Chile, architect Smiljan Radic has recently received international attention for his design of this year’s pavilion for London’s Serpentine Galleries. His latest and largest undertaking yet, a winery outside of Santiago, has been featured in this article by the New York Times. And now, his Mestizo Restaurant has been named one of the seven most outstanding 21st century projects in the Americas. If you're unfamiliar with Radic's unique works, we’ve compiled a round-up of some of our favorites for you to explore, including his Serpentine PavilionCopper House 2, the Mestizo Restaurant, a bus stop for the town of Krumbach, Austria, and his renovation of the Chilean Museum for Pre-Columbian Art. Enjoy!

House in Vitacura / Izquierdo Lehmann

  • Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann
  • Location: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: Luis Izquierdo, Antonia Lehmann
  • Area: 983.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Roland Halbe

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This Floating Platform Could Filter the Plastic from our Polluted Oceans

"Plastic is an extremely durable material, taking 500 years to biodegrade, yet it's designed to be used for an average of 5 minutes, and so it's thrown away. Few know where this mass of junk will end up ... in the oceans, killing and silently destroying everything, even us."

Cristian Ehrmantraut has developed a prototype for a floating platform that filters the ocean and absorbs plastic. Located 4 km from the coast of Easter Island, close to the center of the mega-vortex of plastic located in the South Pacific, the tetrahedral platform performs a kind of dialysis, allowing the natural environment to be recovered as well as energy and food to be produced.

Casa en El Arrayán / Planmaestro + Cristián Schmitt Rivera

  • Architects: Planmaestro, Cristián Schmitt Rivera
  • Location: Arrayán, Lo Barnechea, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Structure: Eduardo Zégers
  • Area: 107.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Mathias Jacob

© Mathias Jacob © Mathias Jacob © Mathias Jacob © Mathias Jacob

Artiagoitia House / Raimundo Anguita

  • Architects: Raimundo Anguita
  • Location: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Design Team: Raimundo Anguita , Elvira Guillon
  • Area: 260.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Oliver Yaneza

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Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize to Celebrate the Best Built Works in the Americas July 9

This July 9th, the winners of the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) - for which 36 outstanding projects have been shortlisted - will be announced in Santiago, Chile. Our editor-in-chief, David Basulto, has been named a founding member of the International Advisory Council of MCHAP, and ArchDaily will be covering the event. Read on after the break for details of the event.

ELEMENTAL's OchoQuebradas: "The Spirit of the Primitive"

Elemental's design for Casa OchoQuebradas draws on the rugged landscape of its site, a cliff on the coast of Chile, to create a rugged, even primitive weekend house design of concrete volumes. Inspired by their idea that "a weekend house is ultimately a kind of retreat where people allowed themselves to suspend the conventions of life and go back to a more essential living," the house is a simple composition which incorporates such features as a main room which can be opened up to the outdoors and a central open fire.

More on Casa OchoQuebradas after the break

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Transmission Central / UMWELT + Juan Manuel Sepúlveda

  • Architects: UMWELT, Juan Manuel Sepúlveda
  • Location: San Cristóbal Hill, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge: UMWELT + Juan Manuel Sepúlveda
  • Area: 190.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla

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Tierras Blancas House / Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

  • Architects: Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine
  • Location: Catapilco, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Alberto Browne

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House N°2 / Martin Hurtado

  • Architects: Martin Hurtado Arquitectos
  • Location: Araucanía Region, Chile
  • Project Area: 481.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photography: Courtesy of Martin Hurtado

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Chile's "Monolith Controversies" - Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale

Between 1931 and 1981, the Soviet Union exported a prefab concrete panel system for housing - whose development and exportation embodied the ideals of the modern movement - to countries around the world, creating more than 170 million apartments. In 1972, during the socialist government of Salvador Allende, the USSR donated a panel factory to Chile. The Chile KPD (an acronym derived from the Russian words for “large concrete panel”) produced a total of 153 buildings during its operation, before being shut down and forgotten during the military dictatorship.

The full story of the concrete panels produced in Chile had been buried in history, but research conducted by curators Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola for the Chile Pavilion has resurfaced the political, ideological and aesthetic implications of the panel. Monolith Controversies not only shows the technical aspects of a fundamental element of a prefab building system, but also demonstrates how it was connected to an ideology. Upon entering the Chile pavilion, visitors find themselves in the recreation of an interior of one of the apartments. Next they enter the main space, in which one concrete panel found by the curators stands as the representation of how modernity was absorbed in Chile.

In the Absorbing Modernity section of the Biennale, Koolhaas asked curators from all over the world to bring to light the ways modernism developed in their countries. The work done by the Chilean curators in the Monolith Controversies exhibition is one of the best examples of this call, recognized by the jury with the Silver Lion. Read on for the curator’s statement.

Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh Monolith Controversies. Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh

Tunquén House / Nicolas Loi

  • Architects: Nicolas Loi
  • Location: Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal

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