As we reported earlier, an 8.8 earthquake hit Chile last Saturday.
The situation is very bad in the southern parts of the country, specially in coastal towns that were swiped by a tsunami.
Architects immediately started to volunteer, coordinated by the local architect’s institute and the government, with the help of our friends at Plataforma Arquitectura. First actions are to help the community by evaluating damaged buildings, so people can either go back and sleep inside or be relocated, and then proceed to reinforce structures or demolish buildings.
Further actions will include emergency housing, relocation, planning and construction of coastal cities, landmark preservation, and more.
Architecture for Humanity has once again offered their resources to help, as they have done in New Orleans, Haiti, and more.
If you want to help just go to this link at Architecture for Humanity to donate and support architects volunteering in Chile.
As you might have seen on the news, an 8.5 earthquake hit Chile on Saturday at 3:30AM.
The country was seriously affected, specially in the southern part. A 15 story tall building (pictured above) fell to one side,highways collapsed, several old buildings collapsed, and even new buildings collapsed. It could have been way worse, if compared to Haiti (which was 7.something). This was due to the country’s seismic design code, recognized as one of the best in the world. So, the reason behind recent buildings collapsing seems to be bad construction, not design (contractors fault – NOT trying to point fingers, I just want to make clear that the code has been recognized as one of the best).
As I said, the southern part was heavily affected due to the fact that constructions were old, and a lot of them were built with rammed earth in rural towns. Also a tsunami that came a few hours after swiped several costal towns. 706 deaths were informed a few hours ago.
I´m happy to inform that our collaborators from Chile are ok.
Our friends from Plataforma Arquitectura are reporting about earthquake from an architectural point of view in Spanish. They are also reuniting architects, working with the local architecture institute, schools and government to prepare a unified architecture network of relief. Architecture for Humanity will provide technical support (as they are heavily working in Haiti this days).
We are going to keep you informed about this in case they need your help.
Interesting combination, as the Sao Paulo architecture scene has a strong heritage from Brazilian architects Oscar Niemeyer, Mendes da Rocha, Lina Bo Bardi, and other architects from the modern movement. The result? A pure volume, on which every effort has been put into the structure, cantilevering between two ponds on which a line of shadow on the base make the volume gravitate. Finishes are simple, with no pretension.
Under the volume, a big shadow welcomes visitors, who pass by a small lobby before entering the triple-height inside the container, with the different exhibition spaces. Circulations go on the perimeter, from where the perforated copper skin offers a perfect view of the outside.
More photos of the museum after the break, and the complete photoset on Nico Saieh‘s website:
Architects: Bebin & Saxton – Daniel Bebin y Tomás Saxton
Location: Punta Arenas, XII Región, Chile
Structural Engineer: Samuel Marín
Concept Consultant: Pablo Prieto
Client: Patagonia Mineral S.A. – Agua Mineral Aonni
Materials: Steel, Glass, Corrugated Aluminium, Timber
Site Area: 5,000 sqm
Constructed Area: 640 sqm
Project Year: 2007‐2008
Construction Year: 2008
Photographs: Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin
Architect: Francisco Izquierdo & Maria Jose Varas
Location: Lo Espejo, Santiago, Chile
Collaborators: Claudio Tapia, Francisca Lorenzini, Andrés Alvear
Client: Fundacion El Camino
Structural Engineer: Ingevsa Ltda. Eduardo Valenzuela
Contractor: Valencia y Gonzales. Marcial Gonzales
Built Area: First phase 2,790 sqm
Project year: 2007
Construction year: 2008
Photographs: Cristobal Palma
Architects: Supersudaka / Juan Pablo Corvalán & Gabriel Vergara
Location: Villa la Paz, Talca, Chile
Collaborators: Pablo Sepúlveda, Jaime Pavez
Mosaic: Simón Fuentes / Simbiotika
Engineers: Cesar Moreira / Sigma Ingenieros
Project Area: 200 sqm
Budget: US $64,700
Project Year: 2006–2009
Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann / Luis Izquierdo W., Antonia Lehmann S.B.
Location: Santiago, Chile
Structural engineering: Santolaya y Asoc.
Main contractor: Echeverría Izquierdo
Site Area: 3,987 sqm
Project Area: 43,129 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Cristobal Palma & Luis Izquierdo
Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann – Luis Izquierdo W., Antonia Lehmann S.B.
Location: Punta Caracoles, IV Region, Chile
Structural Engineering: Luis Soler P. y Asociados
Services: Kenneth Page (PVT)
Constructed Area: 350 sqm
Project Year: 2005
Construction Year: 2006-2007
Main Materials: Concrete, Stone,Glass
Photographs: Izquierdo Lehman
Project: Infiniski Manifesto House
Architects: James & Mau
Location: Curacaví, Chile
Built Area: 160 m2 ( + 15 m2 terraces 2nd floor)
General Contractor and manager: Infiniski
Renewable strategy: Infiniski + Geotek
Project year: 2009
Execution Time: 90 days
Total Cost: 79.000 €
Photograph: Antonio Corcuera
Furniture: Cómodo Studio, gt_2P
Architect: Verónica Arcos
Collaborator: Anna Pla Catalá, Architect, AADipl, MScAAD
Clients: Rodrigo Arcos, Alejandra Schmidt
Location: Santiago de Chile
Structural Engenieer: José Manuel Morales
Built surface: 220m2
Photographs: Gonzalo Puga
Construction photographs: Verónica Arcos
Architects: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Location: Road to El Venado nº 1130, San Pedro, Chile
Models: Oscar Otarola, Helena Lennert
Structure: German Aguilera
Construction: Ricardo Ballesta
Sanitary project: Marcelo Valenzuela
Electrical project: Carlos Martinez
Constructive system: Reinforced concrete
Exterior finishing: Cooper Oxide tinted concrete, aluminium window frames
Interior finishing: Painted concrete and wood, wooden and stone floors
Plot area: 597 sqm
Built area: 160 sqm
Project date: 2007
Construction date: 2008-2009
Model photographs: Ana Crovetto
Photographs: Cristobal Palma
Architects: Estudio Valdes / Leonardo Valdes- Alejandra Demaria – Federico Prieto
Localización: Santo Domingo
Landscape: Juan Grimm
Lighting: Sandra Bordoni- Carolina Palacios
Main Materials: Concrete, Petorca grey stones, Cypress wood
Site area: 3,000 sqm
Project year: 2005
Construction year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Alejandra Demaria
Architect: Daw Arquitectos y Diseñadores – Macarena Aguilar, Pablo Bronstein, Diego Aguilar
Location: Santiago, Chile
Collaborators: Rafael Urzúa, Juan Salinas, Sebastián Noguera
Materiales: Concrete, Glass, Wood
Site Area: 1,900 sqm
Constructed Area: 370 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Pablo Bronstein
Architects: Gubbins Arquitectos, Polidura + Talhouk Arquitectos – Pedro Gubbins, Victor Gubbins, Antonio Polidura, Marco Polidura, Pablo Talhouk
Location: Parque Nacional Conguillio, IX Region, Chile
Contractor: Hector Gutierrez
Site Area: 30 ha.
Constructed Area: 500 sqm
Project year: 2006
Construction year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Pedro Gubbins, Gonzalo Puga, Polidura + Talhouk Arq
Nestled into a forest of Australian mimosa trees, a small family chapel designed by 57 Studio provides a quiet and serene place for religious contemplation. The chapel can hold approximately 40 seated people and focuses on providing ” the proper sense of religious spaces…through its communication with the natural surroundings.”
More about the chapel after the break.
Architect: Francisco Izquierdo
Location: San Juan de Huinca, Leyda, Chile
Collaborators: Claudio Tapia, María José Varas
Client: Viña El Litoral S.A
Structural Engineer: Enzo Valladares P.
Contractor: Boetsch, Lira y Cox empresa constructora
Laminated wood: Ingelam S.A
Built Area: 1,360 sqm
Proyect year: 2008
Construction year: 2008-2009
Photography: Cristobal Palma
Architect: 57 STUDIO – Maurizio Angelini / Benjamín Oportot
Location: Santiago, Chile
Collaborator: Felipe Zamora
Project year: 2006–2007
Construction year: 2007–2008
Structural Engineer: Claudio Hinojosa
Construction: Jorge Carrasco
Materials: Concrete / Steel / Travertine Marble
Photographs: 57 STUDIO