House 1957 / Brugnoli Asociados Arquitectos

© Juan Dúran Sierralta

Architects: Brugnoli Asociados Arquitectos
Location: , Región Metropolitana, Chile
Architect In Charge: Gregorio Brugnoli Errázuriz, Macarena Cortés Darrigrande
Area: 230.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Juan Dúran Sierralta

Remota Hotel in Patagonia / German del Sol

© Guy Wenborne

Architects: German del Sol
Location: Puerto , , Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region,
Design Team: José Luis Ibañez, Architect, Francisca Schuler, Architect. Carlos Venegas, Architect.
Area: 12000.0 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Guy Wenborne , Michael Turek

In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects

Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America

Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Architect In Charge: Siamak Hariri –
Local Architect: BL Arquitectos
Client: National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of , National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada
General Contractor: Desarrollo y Construcción del Templo Bahá’í para Sudamérica Ltda.
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2016
Photographs: Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America

Nearly four years after the start of its construction, South America’s first Bahá’í temple is beginning to take shape. Designed by Canadian firm Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple is being constructed at the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile. The building is comprised of “nine translucent wings, rising directly from the ground, and giving the impression of floating over a large reflecting water pool,” describes the project’s website. Each wing is designed like a leaf, with a steel “main stem” and “secondary veins of steel” supporting its cast glass exterior. During the day, the cast glass will filter sunlight into the temple, while at night the temple’s interior lighting will produce a soft glow on the outside.

The structure’s steel columns are now fully self-supported on its concrete foundation, and the steel frames and interior marble panels of each of the nine wings have been completed. In October, the project reached an important milestone as the installation of the cast glass cladding began on the outside of the wings. 

Barbecue Place in Lampa / Rosario Illanes Feuerhake + Josefina Feuerhake Rodríguez

© Natalia Vial

Architects: Rosario Illanes Feuerhake, Josefina Feuerhake Rodríguez
Location: , , Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Area: 300.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Natalia Vial

ED House / Eduardo Guzmán Rivera + Juan Carlos Muñoz Del Sante

© Cristian Muñoz Del Sante

Architects: Eduardo Guzmán Rivera + Juan Carlos Muñoz Del Sante
Location: Araucanía Region,
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cristian Muñoz Del Sante

Reflections on the 2014 Venice Biennale

Fundamentals (Central Pavilion): Ceiling. Image © David Levene

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.”

ZX FLUX Adidas Gallery / Arquitectos Asociados.lo

© Francisco Ibañez

Architects: Arquitectos Asociados.lo
Location: , Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: Eduardo Labra B., Diego Ortuzar F.
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Francisco Ibañez

Win a Scholarship for the AA Visiting School in Santiago

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 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 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

© Guy Wenborne

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

Resiter Office Building / Raimundo Lira Arquitectos

© Pedro Mutis

Architects: Raimundo Lira Arquitectos
Location: Los Conquistadores 2752, Providencia, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Partner Architects: Francisco García Huidobro, Carolina Jara, Arturo Saavedra
Area: 1455.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: 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.

Puritama Thermal Bath / Germán del Sol

© Guy Wenborne

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

Casa Retiro Kawelluco / Lira Arquitectos Asociados

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

A Home in the City / Romero Silva Arquitectos

© Bruno Giliberto

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

House at Chicureo / Cristian Izquierdo Lehmann

© Alberto Browne

Architects: Cristian Izquierdo
Location: Chicureo, , Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Area: 215 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Alberto Browne

House in Futrono / Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann

© Alberto Browne

Architects: Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann
Location: , , Los Ríos Region,
Project Area: 464.0 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Alberto Browne, Roland Halbe

Meri House / Pezo Von Ellrichshausen

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

Video: Alejandro Aravena on PRES Constitución and Rebuilding After Disaster

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-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, 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.