Charred Cabin / Nicolas del Rio

© Felipe Camus

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, Chile
Project Team: , 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, Chile
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh

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

Chile 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 .

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: , , , 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, 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, , Los Lagos Region, Chile
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

© Felipe Camus

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. 

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/

Settled neatly in the quiet hum of London‘s Kensington 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

 (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 Chile 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, Valparaíso Region, Chile
Project Area: 90.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Aryeh Kornfeld

Bridge House / Aranguiz-Bunster Arquitectos

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Architects: Aranguiz-Bunster Arquitectos
Location: , , Los Lagos Region, Chile
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

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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, Metropolitan Region, Chile
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:
Location: , Casablanca, 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, Navidad, Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region,
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone