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Las Trancas House / Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews

09:00 - 6 July, 2015
Las Trancas House  / Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews, Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews
Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews

Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews Courtesy of Cristian Irarrázaval Andrews +19

How Chile's Bahá'í Temple Uses High Technology to Create a Spiritual Space

09:30 - 29 June, 2015
How Chile's Bahá'í Temple Uses High Technology to Create a Spiritual Space, © Bahá’í Temple of South America
© Bahá’í Temple of South America

Now nearing completion just outside SantiagoHariri Pontarini Architects' Bahá'í Temple of South America is currently one of the most significant religious construction projects in the world. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Sacred Structure," Guy Horton relates how - despite being in progress for almost a decade already - the design has changed remarkably little from the initial design sketch, using the latest technology to create a spiritual and emotional space.

For the last few years, in the Andean foothills just outside Santiago, Chile, a mysterious orb-like structure has been slowly rising under construction cranes. The new Bahá’i Temple of South America will be the first of its kind on the continent when it opens in 2016. It has been a historic journey for the Bahá’i faith in this part of the world—Bahá’i first arrived in Chile in 1919—and a patient journey for the architects, engineers, and builders who have brought the temple to life through a decade-long process of innovation.

The engineering firms were key to keeping the integrity of the architectural form. Even in the final stages, Gartner Steel and Glass came up with a new approach that eliminated the sub-frame, saving over $850,000. Image Courtesy of Guy Wenborne It's been over a decade since the architects of South America's first Baha'i Temple sketched out its design. “The shape never changed from what it was on the computer in 2003,” says Doron Meinhard, project manager and associate-in-charge of Hariri Pontarini Architects. Image Courtesy of Guy Wenborne © Bahá’í Temple of South America The interior surface of the nine “sails” (above) is marble, the exterior is cast glass developed by artist Jeff Goodman. He took great care, using lab-grade borosilicate to avoid any thermal stress. SGH then put the material through rigorous testing: subjecting it to freeze and thaw cycles, and submerging it fully in water. Then, because the 2,000 panels on each of the sails are all unique, the seismic load on every single one had to be tested. Image Courtesy of Justin Ford +8

Palacio Las Majadas de Pirque / Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos

09:00 - 27 June, 2015
Palacio Las Majadas de Pirque / Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos, © Felipe Lavín
© Felipe Lavín

© Felipe Lavín Courtesy of Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos © Felipe Lavín © Felipe Lavín +23

Pigeon Loft / Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados

11:00 - 25 June, 2015
Pigeon Loft / Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados, © Pia Melero
© Pia Melero

© Pia Melero © Pia Melero Courtesy of Schmidt Architects © Pia Melero +16

House on Todos Los Santos Lake / Apio Arquitectos

03:00 - 25 June, 2015
House on Todos Los Santos Lake / Apio Arquitectos, © Alejandra Valenzuela
© Alejandra Valenzuela

© Alejandra Valenzuela © Alejandra Valenzuela © Alejandra Valenzuela © Alejandra Valenzuela +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lago Todos Los Santos 10, Puerto Montt, Puerto Montt, X Región, Chile
  • Architect in charge

    Angie Chadwick Stuardo
  • Project Area

    120.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

Ismael 312 Apart Hotel / Estudio Larrain

13:00 - 20 June, 2015
Ismael 312 Apart Hotel / Estudio Larrain, © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
© Rodrigo Larrain Illanes

Courtesy of Estudio Larrain © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes +24

H House / PAARQ Arquitectos

11:00 - 19 June, 2015

  • Architects

  • Location

    Punta de Lobos, O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Patricio Araya Rodriguez
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Paula Monroy © Paula Monroy © Paula Monroy © Paula Monroy +29

V House / Mathias Klotz

11:00 - 17 June, 2015
V House / Mathias Klotz, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Condes, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Area

    480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

San Alberto Magno Chapel / Juan Pavez Aguilar + José Requesens Aldea

09:00 - 15 June, 2015
San Alberto Magno Chapel  / Juan Pavez Aguilar  + José Requesens Aldea, © Marcelo Cáceres A.
© Marcelo Cáceres A.

© Marcelo Cáceres A. © Marcelo Cáceres A. © Marcelo Cáceres A. © Marcelo Cáceres A. +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Design Office

    Dirección del Plan Maestro de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Vicerrectoría de Desarrollo.
  • Project Area

    320.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Club Mate and Zambó Assaí Offices / República Portátil

11:00 - 9 June, 2015
Club Mate and Zambó Assaí Offices / República Portátil, © Gino Zavala Bianchi.
© Gino Zavala Bianchi.

© Gino Zavala Bianchi. © Gino Zavala Bianchi. © Gino Zavala Bianchi. © Gino Zavala Bianchi. +20

Cero K / Max-A

15:00 - 8 June, 2015
Cero K  / Max-A, © Erieta Attali
© Erieta Attali

© Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali © Erieta Attali +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    San Carlos, San Carlos, Bío Bío Region, Chile
  • Design team

    Max Noguera, Alejandra Marambio
  • Area

    3500 sqm
  • Proyect Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Autogasco Headquarters / Nicolás Maino Gaete

15:00 - 1 June, 2015
Autogasco Headquarters  / Nicolás Maino Gaete, © Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld +38

Las Nieves Technical Vocational School / WRL Arquitectos

17:00 - 29 May, 2015
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Concha Y Toro 2188, Puente Alto, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Francisco León Ross, Alicia Ross Amunategui, Tomás Weisser Mengdehl
  • Project Area

    5800.0 m2
  • Photographs

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre  © Pablo Casals-Aguirre  © Pablo Casals-Aguirre  © Pablo Casals-Aguirre  +36

Alto El Golf / Handel Architects

09:00 - 29 May, 2015
Alto El Golf / Handel Architects, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Glenn Rescalvo, AIA
  • Project Architect

    Maximiliano Noguera
  • Project Manager

    Jim Hakes
  • Project Designer

    Michael Lin
  • Area

    29000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Open Call: Santiago Launches International Competition for "Nueva Alameda Providencia”

17:44 - 27 May, 2015
Open Call: Santiago Launches International Competition for "Nueva Alameda Providencia”

The Metropolitan Regional Government of Santiago, Chile has launched a Two Stage International Public Competition for the development of the urban design and engineering of the urban axis Alameda Providencia. This axis is not only the main avenue of the city of Santiago de Chile, but is also considered to be the “heart of the metropolis” and the republic's most representative public space. The 12 km corridor integrates civic, symbolic and economic functions, represented by the highest concentration of retail, business and civic activities of the Metropolitan Region.

Based on the national relevance of this space, this competition not only aims to select the best team of professionals, but also the best comprehensive urban design, public space, landscape and urban mobility proposal, which considers the demands of the inhabitants of the city of Santiago for a better quality of life and the need for revitalized public spaces and public transport improvements. The Master Plan should take into account the surrounding buildings and natural heritage, land uses and existing and future social activities along this metropolitan axis.

The Conceptual Master Plan should consider that Santiago's Metropolitan Transit System is an open system. Therefore, the proposals should be functional for bus services entering or leaving at various points along its 12 kms and/or at its ends; that is, the infrastructure must allow for intermediate points where buses can enter and/or exit, in addition to at the ends. Due to this, bus courtyards are not required, yet spaces for frequency regulation are.

View competition details after the break.

Peñalolen Community Center / Gubbins Arquitectos, Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos

11:00 - 27 May, 2015
Peñalolen Community Center / Gubbins Arquitectos, Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos, © Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © José Miranda Courtesy of Gubbins Arquitectos +19

El Coihue Building / Estudio Larrain

17:00 - 22 May, 2015
El Coihue Building / Estudio Larrain, Courtesy of Estudio Larrain
Courtesy of Estudio Larrain

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne +38

  • Architects

  • Location

    Alonso de Córdova 3827, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Rodrigo Larrain Galvez, Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
  • Project Area

    6266.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Cortesía de Estudio Larrain, Guy Wenborne, Rodrigo Larrain Illanes

Cube House / Irene Escobar Doren

12:00 - 19 May, 2015
Cube House / Irene Escobar Doren, © Cristián Domínguez
© Cristián Domínguez

© Cristián Domínguez © Cristián Domínguez © Cristián Domínguez © Cristián Domínguez +24