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

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Architects: WMR Arquitectos
Location: El Arco, , Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins Region, Chile
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: , , Valparaíso Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Cristobal Valenzuela H, Angela Delorenzo A
Area: 593.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Yoga House / WMR Arquitectos

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Architects: WMR Arquitectos
Location: Matanzas, Navidad, 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

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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

Grupo Precisión Building / Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados

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Architects: Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados
Location: El Salto 4291, Huechuraba, Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: Guillermo Acuña
Associate Architect: Alberto Andrioli
Project Area: 5700 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Erieta Attali

AD Interviews: Pedro Alonso, Curator of the Chilean Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale

We had the chance to sit down with , one of the curators of the Chilean pavilion “Monolith Controversies,” at the 2014 Venice Biennale, to learn more about the concept and inspiration behind the Silver Lion-winning pavilion. “We were interested in demonstrating that architects didn’t absorb modernity, but rather, they supplied it. The ones who absorbed it were the workers and the people,” Alonso told us, outside of a replica of a Chilean apartment – the entrance to the Pavilion. “The absorption of modernity has to do with the pieces we are exhibiting. For example, this apartment, the apartment of Mrs. Silvia Gutiérrez in Viña del Mar, which is an exact replica – object by object- of the 518 things that make up her living room.”

Enter Gutiérrez’s apartment and the rest of the Chilean pavilion in the full interview with Alonso. And don’t forget to check out additional pictures and text from the curators in our coverage of the pavilion here.

Rocas House / Studio MK27 + 57STUDIO

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Architects: Studio MK27, 57STUDIO
Location: El Pangue, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
Co Author: Renata Furlanetto, Maurizio Angelini, Benjamín Oportot
Project Team: Carlos Costa, Diana Radomysler, Laura Guedes, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas
Project Area: 460.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The Winery at VIK / Smiljan Radic

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Architects: Smiljan Radic + Loreto Lyon
Location: Millahue, San Vicente de Tagua Tagua,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Lo Curro House / Nicolas Loi

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Architects: Nicolas Loi
Location: Lo Curro, Vitacura, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal

House in Peñalolén / Planmaestro

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Architects: Planmaestro
Location: Peñalolén, Metropolitan Region,
Area: 150 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Alejandro Galarce, Mathias Jacob

AD Round Up: Smiljan Radic

Copper House 2 / . Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Although previously unknown except in his native Chile, architect Smiljan Radic has recently received international attention for his design of this year’s pavilion for London’s Serpentine Galleries. His latest and largest undertaking yet, a winery outside of Santiago, has been featured in this article by the New York Times. And now, his Mestizo Restaurant has been named one of the seven most outstanding 21st century projects in the Americas. If you’re unfamiliar with Radic’s unique works, we’ve compiled a round-up of some of our favorites for you to explore, including his Serpentine PavilionCopper House 2, the Mestizo Restaurant, a bus stop for the town of Krumbach, Austria, and his renovation of the Chilean Museum for Pre-Columbian Art. Enjoy!

House in Vitacura / Izquierdo Lehmann

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Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Luis Izquierdo, Antonia Lehmann
Area: 983 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Roland Halbe

This Floating Platform Could Filter the Plastic from our Polluted Oceans

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“Plastic is an extremely durable material, taking 500 years to biodegrade, yet it’s designed to be used for an average of 5 minutes, and so it’s thrown away. Few know where this mass of junk will end up … in the oceans, killing and silently destroying everything, even us.”

Cristian Ehrmantraut has developed a prototype for a floating platform that filters the ocean and absorbs plastic. Located 4 km from the coast of , close to the center of the mega-vortex of plastic located in the South Pacific, the tetrahedral platform performs a kind of dialysis, allowing the natural environment to be recovered as well as energy and food to be produced.

Casa en El Arrayán / Planmaestro + Cristián Schmitt Rivera

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Architects: Planmaestro, Cristián Schmitt Rivera
Location: Arrayán, Lo Barnechea, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Structure: Eduardo Zégers
Area: 107.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Mathias Jacob