Barn House / Cazú Zegers G.

© Guy Wenborne

Architects: Cazú Zegers G.
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Cazú Zegers G.
Photographs: Guy Wenborne

Venice Biennale 2012: CANCHA – Chilean Soilscapes / Chile Pavilion

© Nico Saieh

Cancha is a pre-hispanic Quechuan word that indicates a void that enables connections with our ground as well as among people. In urban terms, it is similar to the Spanish Plaza Mayor – the word is used in South America to designate an open space where the harvest is measured and distributed. Cancha is also the field for the ancient game of Palín, traditional of the Chilean Mapuches. Then, Cancha is the word used to comprehend the Chilean Ground, a common ground, which is not urban but territorial.

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The Cancha is established over a salt soil, taken straight from the Chilean desert, including three salt rocks that visitors can use to sit on. Floating over this soil, a series of boxes display the seven points of view from seven Chilean architects invited by the curators to think, discuss, and propose material in the context of the global relevance of the Biennale, to “think” from its ground in this critical moment of social change.

The invited architects and their visions are Pedro Alonso (Deserta), Elemental (Metropolitan Promenade), Susuka (Limitless Chile), Genaro Cuadros (Playground), Germán del Sol (Kancha), Iván Ivelic (Travesies of the Amereida) and Rodrigo Tisi (Performances of Conquest). Chilean artists Pedro Pulido & Iván Navarro created the Neon sculpture.

The videos used to represent the visions of the seventh architects were filmed and directed by Estudio Palma.

More photos and information about the curators after the break:

House MJ / COMUNarquitectos

© Aryeh Kornfeld

Architects: COMUNarquitectos
Location: San Manuel, , Chile
Architects: Catalina González, Sebastián Yurjevic
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 145 sqm
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

Hill’s House / Ignacio Correa Correa

© Alfredo Gildemeister

Architects: Ignacio Correa Correa
Location: , Chile
Structure Engineering: Alberto Ramirez
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Alfredo Gildemeister

Ranco House / elton+léniz arquitectos asociados

© Marcos Mendizabal

Architects: elton+léniz arquitectos asociados
Location: ,
Architects: Mirene Elton, Mauricio Leniz
Collaborators: John Fieldhouse, Nicolas Jure Wilkens
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 600 sqm
Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal

House W / 01Arq

© Mauricio Fuertes

Architects: 01Arq
Location: Huentelauquen,
Architects: C.Winckler, P.Saric, F.Fritz
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 130 sqm
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld, Mauricio Fuertes

Casa O / 01Arq

© Mauricio Fuertes

Architects: 01Arq
Location: , Chile
Design Team: Cristian Winckler, Pablo Saric, Felipe Fritz
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld, Mauricio Fuertes

Refugio La Parva / elton+léniz arquitectos asociados

© Natalia Vial

Architects: elton+léniz arquitectos asociados
Location: Lo Barnechea, , Chile
Design Team: Mirene Elton, Mauricio Leniz
Architect Office: Cristobal Teixido
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Natalia Vial

Santa Pizza Mall Sport / 01Arq

© Aryeh Kornfeld

Architects: 01Arq
Location: , Chile
Project Architects: C. Winckler, P. Saric, F. Fritz, A. Baile
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

Led-LS Offices / Amunátegui Valdés Architects


Architects: Amunátegui Valdés Architects
Location: La Concepción 141, Providencia, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Amunátegui Valdés Architects

Cumarú Restaurant / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

© Nico Saieh

Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Curricular Administrative Building Lycée María Auxiliadora / SURco

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Architects: SURco
Location: Linares, Maule Region,
Architect In Charge: Juan Paulo, Felipe Alarcón Carreño
Design Team: Juan Paulo, Felipe Alarcón Carreño
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 735,4 sqm
Photographs: SURco

Video: Residencia / Tramnesia

Provided by the creative minds of Tramnesia, this short film takes us inside a remote hotel in Northern Chile known as the Residencia. Located in a desolate area of the Atacama desert, this subterranean building is straight out of a James Bond movie, literally. You may recognized it as the bad guy lair in Quantum of Solace.

Designed by the German architects of Auer + Weber, this hotel serves as a sanctuary for the astronomers and visitors of the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory. Hardly visible from the entrance road, the submerged the L-shaped structure is marked by a long brick entrance and skylight dome. Once inside, “cavernous public spaces echo the openness of the desert” and are “enclosed by dark earth tones that produce a cozy and secure effect.”

House La Invernada / Felipe Montégu


Architects: Felipe Montégu
Location: Curicó, Maule Region,
Design Team: Felipe Montegu
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 120 sqm
Photographs: Felipe Montégu

NOI Hotel / Jorge Figueroa + Asociados

© Nicolas Caceres + Paula Marchant

Architects: Jorge Figueroa + Asociados
Location: Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Nicolas Caceres + Paula Marchant, Jorge Fiqueroa + Asociados

House at lake Rupanco / Izquierdo Lehmann

© Luis Izquierdo

Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann
Location: Rupanco, Puerto Octay, Los Lagos Region,
Design Team: Luis Izquierdo, Antonia Lehmann
Engineers: Luis Soler P. y Asociados
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 353.0 sqm
Photographs: Luis Izquierdo

Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel / Rodrigo Duque Motta

© Cristóbal Palma

Architects: Rodrigo Duque Motta
Location: Pisco Elqui, , Coquimbo Region,
Design Team: Martin Holmes, Catalina Ventura, Jorge Siviero
Project Year: 2011
Renderings: Cinema Arquitectura
Photographs: Cristóbal Palma

CGM House / Ricardo Torrejon

© Ricardo Torrejon

Architects: Ricardo Torrejon Schellhorn
Location: Los Aromos, , Valparaíso Region,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Ricardo Torrejon, Joaquin Velasco