Alianza Francesa Jean Mermoz School / Guillermo Hevia García + Nicolás Urzúa Soler

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Architects: Guillermo Hevia García , Nicolás Urzúa Soler
Location: Curico, Maule Region,
Area: 1,660 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Fauna Hotel / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco

Architects: Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos
Location: Paseo Dimalow, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region,
Architect In Charge: Roberto Fantuzzi, Jaime Rodillo
Area: 710 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pablo Blanco

Grupo Talca Wins 2014 YAP Chile with “Wicker Forest”

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Grupo Talca’s four meter “Wicker Forest” has been announced as winner of the annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in . Designed as an inhabitable landscape of wicker sticks, the red forested structure will “catch particles dragged by the wind, while providing shade and movement” to the visitors of CONSTRUCTO upon completion in Santiago next year.

Grupo Talca is the fifth winner of Chile, following the commission of UMWELT’s “climatically responsive container for artwork.” You can find more images of the Wicker Forest, after the break…

Boulevard Las Brujas / Mas Fernandez Arquitectos

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Architects: Mas Fernandez Arquitectos
Location: La Reina, Metropolitan Region,
Architects In Charge: Cristóbal Fernández, Andrés Mas, Patricio Pinto, Antonio Mundi
Area: 5,001 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Costanera Lyon 2 / Eugenio Simonetti + Renato Stewart

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Architects: Eugenio Simonetti, Renato Stewart
Location: Providencia, Metropolitan Region,
Design Team: Juan Santa Maria, Danilo Magni, Alvaro Romero
Area: 230000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Pablo Casals-Aguirre, Courtesy of Eugenio Simonetti, Renato Stewart

Casa CBI / SGGB Arquitectos

Courtesy of Sebastian Guevara Sinclair

Architects: SGGB Arquitectos
Location: , Los Lagos Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Sebastián Guevara Sinclair
Area: 165.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Sebastian Guevara Sinclair

GIZ / FAR frohn&rojas

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Architects: FAR frohn&rojas
Location: , Metropolitan Region,
Area: 200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas

School of Economics and Business Diego Portales University / Rafael Hevia + Rodrigo Duque Motta + Gabriela Manzi

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: Rodrigo Duque Motta, Rafael Hevia,
Location: Santa Clara, Huechuraba, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Collaborator: Catalina Ventura
External Collaborator: Martin Holmes
Project Area: 16644.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Hostal Ritoque / Gabriel Rudolphy + Alejandro Soffia

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Architects: Gabriel Rudolphy , Alejandro Soffia
Location: Ritoque, Quintero, Valparaíso Region,
Area: 183.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Alejandro Soffia, Pablo Casals-Aguirre

What If MOMA Had Expanded Underground (And Saved The American Folk Art Museum)?

Sculpture Garden, MOMA. Image © Andrew Moore, http://andrewlmoore.com/

In January of this year, the latest work by Smiljan Radic, the Chilean architect chosen to design the next Serpentine Pavilion, opened to public acclaim. The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo de Arte Precolombino), located in de Chile, is a restoration project that managed to sensitively maintain an original colonial structure  – all while increasing the space by about 70%.

Two days before the The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art opened, the Museum of Metropolitan Art (MOMA) in New York issued a statement that it would demolish the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM), designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, in order to accomplish its envisioned expansion. Two weeks ago, preparations for demolition began.

Some background: MOMA had hired Diller Scofidio + Renfro a year earlier to design the expansion. The office asked for a period of six months to consider the possibilities of integrating the American Folk Art Museum into the design. After studying a vast array of options (unknown to the public) they were unable to accommodate MOMA’s shifting program needs with the AFAM building. They proposed a new circulation loop with additional gallery space and new program located where the AFAM is (was) located.

What appears here is not strictly a battle between an institution that wants to reflect the spirit of the time vs a building that is inherently specific to its place. It represents a lost design opportunity. What if the American Folk Art Museum had been considered an untouchable civic space in the city of New York, much like the The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is for the city for Santiago? Then a whole new strategy for adaptive reuse would have emerged.

School of Design and Institute of Urban Studies / Sebastián Irarrázaval

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Architect: Sebastián Irarrázaval
Location: Pontificia Universidad Católica de – Monsenor Carlos Casanueva, , Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Associated Architects: Cristián Irarrázaval, Francisca Rivera
Project Management: Departamento de Infraestructura de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Technical Inspection: Dictuc
Area: 4716.0 m2
Project Year: 2010
Photos: Nico Saieh

ELEMENTAL Proposes Pedestrian Path To Connect Districts of Santiago

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ELEMENTAL has given us details on a proposed 14.5 km pedestrian and bike path within , Chile that will run along the base of San Cristobal Hill and connect the city’s many distinct communities. According to ELEMENTAL, the proposal – named “Metropolitan Promenade” – seeks to facilitate the use and quality of the city’s public spaces.

The total project will cost about $16 million USD and will be constructed in two stages. The first is expected for March 2015 and will deal with 7.2 kilometers in the western sector of the park. The second stage, which should be ready in September 2015, will complete the following 7.3 kilometers in the eastern sector of the park.

Read the full architect’s description, after the break.

Condominio Polo Cachagua Etapa 1 / Estudio Valdés

© Felipe Díaz Contardo

Architects: Estudio Valdés
Location: Federico Kohnenkampf, , Valparaíso Region,
Architect In Charge: Leonardo Valdés Cruz, Carlos Ignacio Cruz Elton, Alberto Cruz Elton
Area: 1286.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Felipe Díaz Contardo

Edificio Vitra / Sebastián Larroulet + Arturo López + Francisco Vergara A.

© Cristian Brahona

Architects: , Arturo López, Francisco Vergara A.
Location: , Metropolitan Region, Chile
Area: 8286.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cristian Brahona, Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara

Echeñique House / Fones Arquitectos

© Antonio Aros

Architects: Fones Arquitectos
Location: , Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: Nicolas Fones Claro
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Antonio Aros

After the Wildfires: How Will Chile Rebuild Its Informal Communities?

For those unfamiliar with Valparaíso, allow me to inform you: this city is a treasure. The UNESCO World Heritage site and cultural capital of is defined by its winding paths, happily graffitied streets, antiquated funiculars, and – above all – its colorful, tightly-packed hills. And because of its precarious density, the city was brought to its knees by vicious forest fires this past weekend, fires which quickly spread and consumed 2,500 acres, displacing over 12,500 people whose homes were destroyed.

The hills where the fires hit hardest are similar to Brazilian favelas – inhabited by informal residents who have little to no access to infrastructure and who constructed their homes themselves, illegally, and – as the fires have proven – rather perilously.

The response of the Chilean government so far has been to suggest bulldozing and building again in “a more orderly manner.” To do so, the government has intimated that it will expropriate land and relocate citizens to safer sites.

However, residents have already begun resisting this potential outcome. As ArchDaily correspondent Nicolás Valencia reported from Cerro Ramaditas (one of the hillside communities most devastated by the fire), many have refused to leave for fear that their land be taken from them; those that have gone, have left markers “cordoning off what they consider theirs with pieces of wood or metal cans.”

It’s a troubling dilemma: evict victims from the only home they’ve ever known or relegate them to lives at risk of future catastrophe. But could there be another way?

Synthon Laboratory Building / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

© Nico Saieh

Architects: GH+A | Guillermo Hevia
Location: El Castaño, Quilicura, Metropolitan Region,
Area: 3200.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Ambient 30 60 – YAP CONSTRUCTO 2014 / UMWELT

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Architects: UMWELT
Location: Parque Araucano, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Architects: Scheidegger & García Partarrieu
Project Area: 445.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photography: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma, Courtesy of