Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

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Architects: Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL
Location: Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, 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

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

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, | ELEMENTAL has designed a conceptually – and physically – dense project in Santiago.

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 concrete and its hermetic, weighty properties to imbue the center with an air of timelessness and transcendence.

DAf Offices / Albert Tidy

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Architects: Albert Tidy
Location: Los Navegantes 1955, Providencia, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Collaborators: Melisa Ortíz, Sebastián Cruz
Project Area: 343.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Pablo Casals-Aguirre

La Leonera Mountain Retreat / Nicolas del Rio

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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

Chovar House / Tidy Arquitectos

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Architects: Tidy Arquitectos
Location: Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Project Architects: , Ian Tidy
Project Area: 211.0 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photography: Marcelo Cáceres

Center of Traditions Lo Barnechea / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Lo Barnechea 1200, Lo Barnechea, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Area: 1425.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nico Saieh

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

Lo Curro House / Nicolas Loi

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

House in Peñalolén / Planmaestro

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

House in Vitacura / Izquierdo Lehmann

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

Casa en El Arrayán / Planmaestro + Cristián Schmitt Rivera

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

Artiagoitia House / Raimundo Anguita

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

Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize to Celebrate the Best Built Works in the Americas July 9

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This July 9th, the winners of the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) – for which 36 outstanding projects have been shortlisted - will be announced in , Chile. Our editor-in-chief, David Basulto, has been named a founding member of the International Advisory Council of MCHAP, and ArchDaily will be covering the event. Read on after the break for details of the event.

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

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Architects: JBA +  +
Location: Lo Barnechea, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Area: 10,218 sqm
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

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, Santiago 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

What If MOMA Had Expanded Underground (And Saved The American Folk Art Museum)?

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In January of this year, the latest work by Smiljan Radic, the Chilean architect chosen to design the next Serpentine Pavilion, opened to public acclaim. The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo de Arte Precolombino), located in Santiago de Chile, is a restoration project that managed to sensitively maintain an original colonial structure  – all while increasing the space by about 70%.

Two days before the The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art opened, the Museum of Metropolitan Art (MOMA) in New York issued a statement that it would demolish the American Folk Art Museum (AFAM), designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, in order to accomplish its envisioned expansion. Two weeks ago, preparations for demolition began.

Some background: MOMA had hired Diller Scofidio + Renfro a year earlier to design the expansion. The office asked for a period of six months to consider the possibilities of integrating the into the design. After studying a vast array of options (unknown to the public) they were unable to accommodate MOMA’s shifting program needs with the AFAM building. They proposed a new circulation loop with additional gallery space and new program located where the AFAM is (was) located.

What appears here is not strictly a battle between an institution that wants to reflect the spirit of the time vs a building that is inherently specific to its place. It represents a lost design opportunity. What if the American Folk Art Museum had been considered an untouchable civic space in the city of New York, much like the The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is for the city for Santiago? Then a whole new strategy for adaptive reuse would have emerged.

School of Design and Institute of Urban Studies / Sebastián Irarrázaval

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Architect: Sebastián Irarrázaval
Location: Pontificia Universidad Católica de – Monsenor Carlos Casanueva, Providencia, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Associated Architects: Cristián Irarrázaval, Francisca Rivera
Project Management: Departamento de Infraestructura de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Technical Inspection: Dictuc
Area: 4716.0 m2
Project Year: 2010
Photos: Nico Saieh