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11 Stunning Axonometric Drawings of Iconic Chilean Architecture

08:00 - 24 November, 2016

As the birthplace of our most recent Pritzker Prize winner, Alejandro Aravena, Santiago, Chile is full of iconic architecture. Because many of these buildings are situated in busy urban areas, their superior design is easy to miss. In an effort to encourage viewers to slow down and appreciate the volume, facades, context, and function of these urban landmarks, Benjamin Oportot and Alexandra Gray of San Sebastian University guided their 4th-year students in producing axonometric drawings of 11 buildings. The project centered on medium-sized office buildings built between 1989 and 2015, particularly focusing on their use of reinforced concrete.

Alejandro Aravena on Design, Venice and Why He Paused His Career to Open a Bar

04:00 - 21 July, 2016

In an exclusive half-hour interview with Alejandro Aravena, Monocle's Josh Fehnert questions the recent Pritzker Prize-laureate on Chilean architecture and urbanism, why he considers simple design as the key to alleviating the world's biggest woes, and the conception and ultimate result of his 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Call for Entries: SEE (Santiago Emergent Ecologies)

07:00 - 10 May, 2016
Call for Entries: SEE (Santiago Emergent Ecologies)

SEE (Santiago Emergent Ecologies) international ideas competition aims to articulate a series of concrete projects for the fringe comprised between the city of Santiago and the El Roble ecological conservation site (Sitio Proritario el Roble). The el Roble conservation site is one of the major reservoirs of biodiversity in Chile; its resources and ecosystemic relations have a direct impact on the environment and the quality of life in the Region of Santiago, and influence the potential economic development of the area.

Montt Varas Square / PLAN Arquitectos

13:00 - 11 April, 2016
Montt Varas Square / PLAN Arquitectos, © Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects in charge

    Rodrigo Cáceres Moena, Alejandro Vargas Peyreblanque, Alvaro Gonzalez Bastías.
  • Area

    6650.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

House Paint Pavilion / GELPI PROJECTS

17:00 - 31 March, 2016
House Paint Pavilion / GELPI PROJECTS, Courtesy of Gelpi Projects
Courtesy of Gelpi Projects

© Ryan Debolski Courtesy of Gelpi Projects © Ryan Debolski Courtesy of Gelpi Projects +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Detroit, MI, United States
  • Architect in Charge

    Nick Gelpi (GELPI PROJECTS)
  • Design Team

    Dean McMurry, Alvaro Membreno, Maria Flores,
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Gelpi Projects , Ryan Debolski

2016 Venice Biennale Will Begin a "Crusade Against Indifference"

14:15 - 3 March, 2016

Yesterday, and for the first time in La Biennale's history, the press tour included a stop in the Southern Hemisphere. From his home city of Santiago, Alejandro Aravena shared more details about the upcoming exhibition in Chile's presidential palace (La Moneda) alongside the president of the Biennale and the president of Chile. 

The main information to emerge from the press conference was the presentation of the lone image that represents this year's Biennale and the announcement of the participants. In the video above, Aravena gracefully explains how Bruce Chatwin's image of German archaeologist Maria Reiche encapsulates "the Biennale as a whole." 

Aravena stressed that he wanted the disclaimer for the exhibition to be the exact opposite of "Don't Try This At Home." He explained, "Given the complexity and variety of challenges that architecture has to respond to, 'Reporting from the Front' will be about listening to those that were able to gain some perspective and consequently are in the position to share some knowledge and experiences with those of us standing on the ground."

ARQ Yearbook App Features Three Years of Academic Articles Related to Architecture and Urbanism

04:00 - 23 February, 2016
ARQ Yearbook App Features Three Years of Academic Articles Related to Architecture and Urbanism, Courtesy of ARQ Magazine
Courtesy of ARQ Magazine

ARQ Magazine, described as of the most prestigious academic architectural journals in Latin America, have released a new app (ARQ Yearbooks) dedicated to collecting and presenting English-language articles published in their magazine over the past three years. Since its foundation in 1980, ARQ (the journal of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Architecture in Santiago) has been published without interruption. In this new app, papers which address issues related to representation, construction techniques, urban history, cultural processes, landscape architecture and more have been aggregated together.

Architecture and Activism: Santiago's Emerging Practice Grupo TOMA

08:00 - 30 September, 2015

The word activist, long part of the vocabulary of social causes and political engagements, is an identifier gaining currency in architecture. As an era of “star architects” fades to be replaced by a generation eager to tackle local issues for everyday citizens, the shift has become the calling card of Santiago-based Grupo TOMA. Produced by ArchDaily as part of our partnership with The Architectural Review, the above film profiles the group of five friends – Mathias Klenner, Ignacio Rivas, Ignacio Saavedra, Eduardo Pérez and Leandro Cappetto – who have become an architectural collective interested in “the architect as a mediator, as an entity capable of linking organizations, of connecting political and economic powers."

For the past two and a half years, the group has sought out projects that convert industrial spaces of past eras into new facilities. Working without intermediaries has been a boon to the group’s experimental attitude and productivity, which might otherwise be curtailed by bureaucratic setbacks. With projects spanning from a few days to a few months, and some potentially longer, the group privileges social impact and memory over duration and material certainty.

NAVE / Smiljan Radic

09:00 - 16 September, 2015
NAVE / Smiljan Radic, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +18

  • Architect

  • Location

    Libertad 410, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Collaborators

    Eduardo Castillo, Danilo Lazcano, Patricio Alvarado, Alejandro Luer
  • Structural Engineering

    BYB ingeniería Estructural Ltda.
  • Site Area

    1270 m2
  • Project Area

    2000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Ministry of Social Development Headquarters / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

08:00 - 21 August, 2015
Ministry of Social Development Headquarters / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos, © Felipe Díaz Contardo
© Felipe Díaz Contardo

© Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo © Felipe Díaz Contardo +12

ONEMI Building / Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos

11:00 - 17 August, 2015
ONEMI Building / Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos, Onemi Gif. Image © Nico Saieh
Onemi Gif. Image © Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Teodoro Fernández Larrañaga, Sebastián Hernández Silva, Pablo Alfaro Vial, Danilo Lagos Serrano
  • Project Area

    5947.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

“Your Reflection” Selected as Winning Proposal of YAP_Constructo Chile

08:00 - 7 July, 2015
“Your Reflection” Selected as Winning Proposal of YAP_Constructo Chile, Courtesy of Guillermo Hevia García + Nicolás Urzúa
Courtesy of Guillermo Hevia García + Nicolás Urzúa

Chilean architects, Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa Soler, have been selected as the winners of the 2015 Young Architects Program (YAP) Constructo in Chile for their installation proposal, “Your Reflection." The installation will be inaugurated in March 2016 in Santiago, and aims “to build an uncertain experience, a situation of estrangement” so that the visitor is waiting to see “what is going to surprise them in the next place." 

Along with New York, Istanbul, Rome and Seoul, Yap Contructo (Chile) is one of five versions of the Young Architects Program (YAP), carried out by MoMA and MoMA PS1, which aims to “support research in innovative design and promote emerging talent.” 

Learn more about the proposal after the break. 

How Chile's Bahá'í Temple Uses High Technology to Create a Spiritual Space

09:30 - 29 June, 2015
How Chile's Bahá'í Temple Uses High Technology to Create a Spiritual Space, © Bahá’í Temple of South America
© Bahá’í Temple of South America

Now nearing completion just outside SantiagoHariri Pontarini Architects' Bahá'í Temple of South America is currently one of the most significant religious construction projects in the world. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Sacred Structure," Guy Horton relates how - despite being in progress for almost a decade already - the design has changed remarkably little from the initial design sketch, using the latest technology to create a spiritual and emotional space.

For the last few years, in the Andean foothills just outside Santiago, Chile, a mysterious orb-like structure has been slowly rising under construction cranes. The new Bahá’i Temple of South America will be the first of its kind on the continent when it opens in 2016. It has been a historic journey for the Bahá’i faith in this part of the world—Bahá’i first arrived in Chile in 1919—and a patient journey for the architects, engineers, and builders who have brought the temple to life through a decade-long process of innovation.

The engineering firms were key to keeping the integrity of the architectural form. Even in the final stages, Gartner Steel and Glass came up with a new approach that eliminated the sub-frame, saving over $850,000. Image Courtesy of Guy Wenborne It's been over a decade since the architects of South America's first Baha'i Temple sketched out its design. “The shape never changed from what it was on the computer in 2003,” says Doron Meinhard, project manager and associate-in-charge of Hariri Pontarini Architects. Image Courtesy of Guy Wenborne © Bahá’í Temple of South America The interior surface of the nine “sails” (above) is marble, the exterior is cast glass developed by artist Jeff Goodman. He took great care, using lab-grade borosilicate to avoid any thermal stress. SGH then put the material through rigorous testing: subjecting it to freeze and thaw cycles, and submerging it fully in water. Then, because the 2,000 panels on each of the sails are all unique, the seismic load on every single one had to be tested. Image Courtesy of Justin Ford +8

Ismael 312 Apart Hotel / Estudio Larrain

13:00 - 20 June, 2015
Ismael 312 Apart Hotel / Estudio Larrain, © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
© Rodrigo Larrain Illanes

Courtesy of Estudio Larrain © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes +24

Club Mate and Zambó Assaí Offices / República Portátil

11:00 - 9 June, 2015
Club Mate and Zambó Assaí Offices / República Portátil, © Gino Zavala Bianchi.
© Gino Zavala Bianchi.

© Gino Zavala Bianchi. © Gino Zavala Bianchi. © Gino Zavala Bianchi. © Gino Zavala Bianchi. +20

Autogasco Headquarters / Nicolás Maino Gaete

15:00 - 1 June, 2015
Autogasco Headquarters  / Nicolás Maino Gaete, © Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld +38

Las Nieves Technical Vocational School / WRL Arquitectos

17:00 - 29 May, 2015
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenida Concha Y Toro 2188, Puente Alto, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Francisco León Ross, Alicia Ross Amunategui, Tomás Weisser Mengdehl
  • Project Area

    5800.0 m2
  • Photographs

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre  © Pablo Casals-Aguirre  © Pablo Casals-Aguirre  © Pablo Casals-Aguirre  +36

Alto El Golf / Handel Architects

09:00 - 29 May, 2015
Alto El Golf / Handel Architects, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +10

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Glenn Rescalvo, AIA
  • Project Architect

    Maximiliano Noguera
  • Project Manager

    Jim Hakes
  • Project Designer

    Michael Lin
  • Area

    29000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs