Chile may soon be home to the only Antoni Gaudí-designed building located outside of Spain. At a recent press conference, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet confirmed government funding for the construction of the Gaudí Cultural and Spiritual Center in the city of Rancagua, which will include a chapel designed by the Catalán architect.
The project originated in 1922 through a series of letters exchanged between Gaudí and Chilean Franciscan Friar Angélico Aranda, who asked Gaudí to design a chapel for Chile. “I wish to implement an original work, very original, and I thought of you,” wrote Aranda to Gaudí, who by then was immersed in constructing his masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Since 1996, Chile’s Corporación Gaudí de Triana has been working to make the design resulting from this conversation a reality.
Learn more about this project after the break.
Architects: Estudio Urgari, Hiribarren-Gonzalez
Location: Calle Autonomía, 48250 Zaldibar, Biscay, Spain
Project Architects: Tony Hiribarren y María del Mar González Dueñas
Design Team: HIRIBARREN-GONZALEZ (Tony Hiribarren y María del Mar González Dueñas arquitectos) URGARI (Patxi Gastaminza e Itziar Modrego arquitectos)
Project Area: 663.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Courtesy of Egoin