Artiagoitia House / Raimundo Anguita

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Architects: Raimundo Anguita
Location: Vitacura, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Design Team: , Elvira Guillon
Area: 260 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Oliver Yaneza

Rambla House / LAND Arquitectos

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Architects: LAND Arquitectos
Location: Zapallar, Valparaíso Region,
Partners In Charge: Cristóbal Valenzuela H., Ángela Delorenzo A.
Area: 123 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

ELEMENTAL’s OchoQuebradas: “The Spirit of the Primitive”

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Elemental‘s design for Casa OchoQuebradas draws on the rugged landscape of its site, a cliff on the coast of Chile, to create a rugged, even primitive weekend house design of concrete volumes. Inspired by their idea that “a weekend house is ultimately a kind of retreat where people allowed themselves to suspend the conventions of life and go back to a more essential living,” the house is a simple composition which incorporates such features as a main room which can be opened up to the outdoors and a central open fire.

More on Casa OchoQuebradas after the break

Transmission Central / UMWELT + Juan Manuel Sepúlveda

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Architects: UMWELT,
Location: San Cristóbal Hill, Providencia, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: UMWELT + Juan Manuel Sepúlveda
Area: 190.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla

Tierras Blancas House / Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine

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Architects: Alberto Browne + Hernán Fontaine
Location: Catapilco, , Valparaíso Region,
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Alberto Browne

House for 60 Friends / Martin Hurtado

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Architects: Martin Hurtado Arquitectos
Location: , Valparaíso Region,
Project Area: 271 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Courtesy of Martin Hurtado

House N°2 / Martin Hurtado

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Architects: Martin Hurtado Arquitectos
Location: Araucanía Region,
Project Area: 481 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Martin Hurtado

Chile’s “Monolith Controversies” – Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale

Monolith Controversies. . Image © Nico Saieh

Between 1931 and 1981, the Soviet Union exported a prefab concrete panel system for housing – whose development and exportation embodied the ideals of the modern movement – to countries around the world, creating more than 170 million apartments. In 1972, during the socialist government of Salvador Allende, the USSR donated a panel factory to . The KPD (an acronym derived from the Russian words for “large concrete panel”) produced a total of 153 buildings during its operation, before being shut down and forgotten during the military dictatorship.

The full story of the concrete panels produced in Chile had been buried in history, but research conducted by curators Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola for the Chile Pavilion has resurfaced the political, ideological and aesthetic implications of the panel. Monolith Controversies not only shows the technical aspects of a fundamental element of a prefab building system, but also demonstrates how it was connected to an ideology. Upon entering the Chile pavilion, visitors find themselves in the recreation of an interior of one of the apartments. Next they enter the main space, in which one concrete panel found by the curators stands as the representation of how modernity was absorbed in Chile.

In the Absorbing Modernity section of the Biennale, Koolhaas asked curators from all over the world to bring to light the ways modernism developed in their countries. The work done by the Chilean curators in the Monolith Controversies exhibition is one of the best examples of this call, recognized by the jury with the Silver Lion. Read on for the curator’s statement.

Tunquén House / Nicolas Loi

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Architects: Nicolas Loi
Location: Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region,
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal

Synagogue and Community Center C.I.S. / JBA + Gabriel Bendersky + Richard von Moltke

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Architects: JBA + Gabriel Bendersky + Richard von Moltke
Location: Lo Barnechea, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Area: 10,218 sqm
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

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

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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 YAP 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

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Architects: , Renato Stewart
Location: , Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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

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Architects: SGGB Arquitectos
Location: , Los Lagos Region,
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

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Architects: Rodrigo Duque Motta, Rafael Hevia,
Location: Santa Clara, Huechuraba, 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