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 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:
Location: Santiago, Santiago 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 architecture have to do with Chilean astronomy? A lot more than many realize. In the 1960s, the 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 Chile following the 1973 military coup d-etat. Now, however, the Architectural Association Visiting School in , 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 Architectural Association 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: , , Antofagasta Region,
Area: 940.0 sqm
Year: 2000
Photographs: Guy Wenborne

Resiter Office Building / Raimundo Lira Arquitectos

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Architects: Raimundo Lira Arquitectos
Location: Los Conquistadores 2752, Providencia, Metropolitan Region,
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 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

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Architects: Germán del Sol
Location: Río Puritama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region,
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: Pucón, Pucón, 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: , Metropolitan Region, Chile
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, Colina, 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, Chile
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: , , 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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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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Architects: Cristián Olivi
Location: Las Condes, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Design Team: Daniela Reyes, Diana Menino, Roberto Gutierrez, SimpleLab
Furniture Design: Manuel Oneto
Area: 1100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Amunategui Building / Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos

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Architects: Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos
Location: Hnos Amunátegui 232, , Metropolitan Region, Chile
Project Architects: José Gabriel Alemparte, Patricio Morelli
Project Area: 32790.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos

San Damián Housing Estate / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

© Midas / Pablo Blanco

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

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

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Jury chairman Winy Maas has announced three projects by Arup, Studio Tamassociati and Elemental as winners of the 2014 Zumtobel Group . With a goal to promote innovations for sustainability and humanity in the built environment, the 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.