House at Chicureo / Cristian Izquierdo Lehmann

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

House in Futrono / Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann

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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: , , Santiago Metropolitan Region,
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 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: , , 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, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
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

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Architects: Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos
Location: Camino San Francisco de Asís, Las Condes, Metropolitan Region,
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 . 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.

Charred Cabin / Nicolas del Rio

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Architects: Nicolas del Rio
Location: , , Valparaíso Region,
Area: 15.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Felipe Camus

Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

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Architects: Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL
Location: Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Team: Alejandro Aravena, Juan Cerda
Collaborators: Samuel Gonçalves, Cristián Irarrázaval, Álvaro Ascoz, Natalie Ramirez, Christian Lavista, Suyin Chia, Pedro Hoffmann
Area: 8176.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh, ELEMENTAL | Nina Vidic

Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos

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Architects: Molo Arquitectos
Location: Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Morales Escudero
Area: 101.0 m2
Year Project: 2013
Photography: Cortesia de Molo Arquitectos

MO House / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: , , Valparaíso Region,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Exclusive Video: Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

is recognized internationally for the quality of its architecture, even though its most lauded projects are not often found in urban areas. At a time when the true potential of Chilean architecture seems absent from the South American country’s cities, Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL has designed a conceptually – and physically – dense project in Santiago.

In this ArchDaily exclusive video, ELEMENTAL‘s director Alejandro Aravena explains the concepts that shaped the form and delineated the design process of the Pontifical Catholic University’s Innovation Center UC – Anacelto Angelini. Instead of using materials that are usually associated with technology and innovation, such as glass and steel, Aravena uses and its hermetic, weighty properties to imbue the center with an air of timelessness and transcendence.

Casablanca_67 House / Orlando Etcheberrigaray

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Architects: Orlando Etcheberrigaray
Location: , Chile, , Valparaíso Region, Chile
Project Area: 128.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Marcelo Cáceres

DAf Offices / Albert Tidy

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Architects: Albert Tidy
Location: Los Navegantes 1955, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Collaborators: Melisa Ortíz, Sebastián Cruz
Project Area: 343.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Chiloe Leisure Center / Jonas Retamal + Laura Houssin

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Architects: Jonas Retamal, Laura Houssin
Location: Huenuco, Castro, Los Lagos Region,
Collaborators: Lautaro Álvarez, Diego Aguilera
Project Area: 1100.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Pablo Casals-Aguirre, Courtesy of

La Leonera Mountain Retreat / Nicolas del Rio

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Architects: Nicolas del Rio
Location: Farellones, Lo Barnechea, Metropolitan Region,
Design Team: Nicolas del Rio, Felipe Camus
Associate Architect: Felipe Camus
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Felipe Camus

Minga Valpo: Architects and Sustainable Reconstruction in Valparaíso, Chile

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After the fire this past April in Valparaíso, Chile, a group of young architects went to the port city to develop a reconstruction project based on energy efficiency, recycled materials, and adaptability to Valparaíso’s topographic context. The Minga Valpo project has not only achieved these objectives, but it has also allowed families to help build their own houses. In a mere three months, Minga Valpo has already built three houses.

Take a look at photographs of the project and read the architects’ description after the break.