In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects

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Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects
Architect In Charge: Siamak Hariri –
Local Architect: BL Arquitectos
Client: National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Chile, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Canada
General Contractor: Desarrollo y Construcción del Templo Bahá’í para Sudamérica Ltda.
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2016
Photographs: Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America

Nearly four years after the start of its construction, South America’s first Bahá’í temple is beginning to take shape. Designed by Canadian firm Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple is being constructed at the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile. The building is comprised of “nine translucent wings, rising directly from the ground, and giving the impression of floating over a large reflecting water pool,” describes the project’s website. Each wing is designed like a leaf, with a steel “main stem” and “secondary veins of steel” supporting its cast glass exterior. During the day, the cast glass will filter sunlight into the temple, while at night the temple’s interior lighting will produce a soft glow on the outside.

The structure’s steel columns are now fully self-supported on its concrete foundation, and the steel frames and interior marble panels of each of the nine wings have been completed. In October, the project reached an important milestone as the installation of the cast glass cladding began on the outside of the wings. 

ZX FLUX Adidas Gallery / Arquitectos Asociados.lo

© Francisco Ibañez

Architects: Arquitectos Asociados.lo
Location: , Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: Eduardo Labra B., Diego Ortuzar F.
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Francisco Ibañez

Resiter Office Building / Raimundo Lira Arquitectos

© Pedro Mutis

Architects: Raimundo Lira Arquitectos
Location: Los Conquistadores 2752, Providencia, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Partner Architects: Francisco García Huidobro, Carolina Jara, Arturo Saavedra
Area: 1455.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pedro Mutis

A Home in the City / Romero Silva Arquitectos

© Bruno Giliberto

Architects: Romero Silva Arquitectos
Location: , Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Diego Romero, Ernesto Silva
Area: 230.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bruno Giliberto

Amunategui Building / Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos

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Architects: Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos
Location: Hnos Amunátegui 232, , Metropolitan Region,
Project Architects: José Gabriel Alemparte, Patricio Morelli
Project Area: 32790.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos

San Damián Housing Estate / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

© Midas / Pablo Blanco

Architects: Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos
Location: Camino San Francisco de Asís, Las Condes, Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: Rodrigo Chauriye, Beatriz Stäger
Area: 3200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Midas / Pablo Blanco

Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

© Nico Saieh

Architects: Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL
Location: Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Team: Alejandro Aravena, 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, Alejandro Aravena | 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

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre

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

La Leonera Mountain Retreat / Nicolas del Rio

© Felipe Camus

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

© Marcelo Cáceres

Architects: Tidy Arquitectos
Location: Las Condes, 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

© Nico Saieh

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

Grupo Precisión Building / Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados

© Erieta Attali

Architects: Guillermo Acuña Arquitectos Asociados
Location: El Salto 4291, Huechuraba, Santiago 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, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal

House in Peñalolén / Planmaestro

© Alejandro Galarce, Mathias Jacob

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

© Mathias Jacob

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

© Oliver Yaneza

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