Translating Smiljan Radić’s Serpentine Pavilion from Fantasy to Fabrication

The use of fiberglass allowed for the pavilion to be thin and brittle, but also had the strength to span a large face. The pigment made it fire retardant. Image Courtesy of Louis Webb Bird/AECOM

Settled neatly in the quiet hum of London‘s Gardens rests Smiljan Radić‘s 2014 Serpentine Pavilion, an ethereal mass of carefully moulded fiberglass punctuated by precisely cut openings. Radić desired a structure that appears thin and brittle, yet was strong enough to support itself, and his affection for the rudimental layered qualities of papier-mâché – his maquette medium of choice – inspired the use of fiberglass by AECOM, who engineered Radić’s wild ideas. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as “Paper-Thin Walls, an AECOM engineer explains their solution. Read on after the break to find out more. 

Japanese and Chilean Architects Collaborate to Design Houses for the Ochoalcubo Project

Ochoalcubo (Eight-Cubed) is a pioneering project in Chile that seeks to unite leading Chilean and Japanese practices with ground-breaking architecture. The collaborative enterprise was started by Eduardo Godoy, a design impresario who began working in in the 1980s and who has always been a strong advocate for innovative design and architecture in the country. For a nation that boasts more than forty individual schools of architecture, the ever growing number of professionals seems to have had a relatively small impact on Chilean cities. Faced with the seemingly infinite landscape of ‘cookie-cutter housing’ in the suburbs, Godoy implemented Ochoalcubo in order to provide opportunities for young professionals, alongside fostering a new kind of appreciation for the profession itself. With a large number of architects having taken part in the first stage, including Smiljan Radic (designer of the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion), the third and fourth stage of what is certainly one of the world’s largest active architectural laboratories will be launched in the coming days.

See images from all sixteen proposals from third and fourth stages of the Ochoalcubo project, including those by SANAASou FujimotoKengo KumaAlejandro Aravena and Atelier Bow Wow, after the break.

Extension in Casablanca / Ricardo Atanacio Balbontin

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Architects:
Location: Casablanca, , Casablanca, Valparaíso Region,
Project Area: 90.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Aryeh Kornfeld

Bridge House / Aranguiz-Bunster Arquitectos

© Nico Saieh

Architects: Aranguiz-Bunster Arquitectos
Location: Puerto Varas, Puerto Varas, Los Lagos Region,
Project Architect: Nicolas Aranguiz S.
Construction: Tierra Austral Ltda.
Project Area: 220.0 m2
Project Year: 2010
Photography: Nico Saieh

Manuel Anabalón Saez School Building / Gubbins Arquitectos

© Marcos Mendizabal

Architects: Gubbins Arquitectos
Location: Panguipulli, Panguipulli, Los Ríos Region,
Architect In Charge: Pedro Gubbins Foxley, Victor Gubbins Browne
Design Stage Collaborators: Daniela Torm, Andres Cea, Pablo Montecinos
Construction Stage Collaborators: Pablo Montecinos
Project Area: 3800.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Marcos Mendizabal

Chovar House / Tidy Arquitectos

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Architects: Tidy Arquitectos
Location: Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Architects: Albert Tidy , Ian Tidy
Project Area: 211.0 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Marcelo Cáceres

Casablanca / UNOATRES Arquitectos

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Architects: UNOATRES Arquitectos
Location: , , , Valparaíso Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: UNOATRES Arquitectos, Francisca Anfruns, A-escala
Structure: Alberto Ramírez Covo
Area: 450.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla

Puccio House / WMR Arquitectos

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Architects: WMR Arquitectos
Location: Matanzas, , Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region, Chile
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

2 Hermanos Cabin / WMR Arquitectos

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Architects: WMR Arquitectos
Location: Matanzas, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region,
Area: 50.0 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Swift House / WMR Arquitectos

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Architects: WMR Arquitectos
Location: Matanzas, , Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region,
Area: 285.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Two Architecture Firms Represent Chile at Time Space Existence Exhibition

The only Chilean architects selected by Rem Koolhaas to participate in the Collateral Event “Time Space Existence” at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale were Ortuzar & Gebauer and Simonetti & Stewart. The architecture firms teamed up to showcase two singular projects – a hotel on stilts and an open plan office building – that mark the beginning of renewal in different neighborhoods. The exhibition, which runs until 23 November 2014, looks at how architects influence our daily existence through our understanding of time and space. To learn more about the Chilean team’s contribution to the event, keep reading after the break.

Casa Rupanco / duval+vives arquitectos

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Architects: duval+vives arquitectos
Location: Lago Rupanco, , Los Ríos Region, Chile
Lead Architects: Antonio Duval, Pablo Vives
Area: 245.0 m2
Year: 2011
Photographs: Cortesia de d+vA | Duval + Vives Arquitectos

Center of Traditions Lo Barnechea / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Lo Barnechea 1200, Lo Barnechea, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Area: 1425.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Cortes House / WMR Arquitectos

© Sergio Pirrone

Architects: WMR Arquitectos
Location: El Arco, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region,
Architect In Charge: Felipe Wedeles, Jorge Manieu, Macarena Rabat
Area: 150.0 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Catch The Views House / LAND Arquitectos

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Architects: LAND Arquitectos
Location: Zapallar, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region,
Architect In Charge: Cristobal Valenzuela H, Angela Delorenzo A
Area: 593.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Yoga House / WMR Arquitectos

© Sergio Pirrone

Architects: WMR Arquitectos
Location: Matanzas, , Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region,
Area: 170.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Single-Family Residence Tunquén / CO2 Arquitectos

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Architects: CO2 Arquitectos
Location: Tunquen, , Valparaíso Region, Chile
Architects In Charge: Cristián Oliva C., Camilo Oliva A.
Area: 207.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Productora AndesEmpire

Till House / WMR Arquitectos

© Sergio Pirrone

Architects: WMR Arquitectos
Location: El Arco, , Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region,
Architect In Charge: Felipe Wedeles, Jorge Manieu, Macarena Rabat
Area: 185.0 sqm
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone