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 , 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.

World Photo Day: Fernando Alda by Felipe Assadi

Metropol Parasol / Jürgen Mayer H. Image ©

In honor of World Photo Day (August 19th) ArchDaily wanted to thank the photographers who bring to life the projects that we publish every day. So we asked architects to weigh in on the work of some of our most-appreciated architecture photographers. Here, Felipe Assadi writes on behalf of Fernando Alda

Ayen Clinic / Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido

© Cristobal Palma

Architects: Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido
Location: Talca,
Collaborators: Alejandra Araya, Macarena Ávila
Project Area: 450 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Cristobal Palma

Gen Building / Assadi + Pulido

© Sergio Pirrone

Architects: Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido
Location: Santiago,
Associate Architect: David Zapata
Collaborators: Trinidad Schonthaler, Heidy Ullrich, Macarena Avila
Client: Inmobiliaria Unco
Contractor: Waldemar Ullrich, Ruperto Neira
Engineering: Hoehmann Stagno S.A.
Site Area: 1,535 sqm
Project Area: 21,900 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Deck House / Assadi + Pulido

Architects: Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido
Location: Alto Rungue,
Constructed Area: House 150 sqm, Deck 370 sqm
Structure: Patricio Stagno
Photographs: Cristóbal Palma

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XVI Chilean Architecture Biennale / Assadi + Pulido

Architect: Felipe Assadi / Assadi + Pulido
Location: , Chile
Collaborators: Pablo Casals, Francisco Duarte
Project year: 2008
Constructed Area: 400 sqm
Material: Scaffolding, Hunter Douglas aluzinc stripes, Wood
Photos: & Nicolás Saieh