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

© Aryeh Kornfeld

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

GIZ / FAR frohn&rojas

Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas

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

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: Rodrigo Duque Motta, Rafael Hevia, Gabriela Manzi
Location: Santa Clara, Huechuraba, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
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)?

Sculpture Garden, MOMA. Image © Andrew Moore, http://andrewlmoore.com/

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 , 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 . 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 American Folk Art Museum 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

© Nico Saieh

Architect: Sebastián Irarrázaval
Location: Pontificia Universidad Católica de – Monsenor Carlos Casanueva, Providencia, Metropolitan Region,
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

ELEMENTAL Proposes Pedestrian Path To Connect Districts of Santiago

Courtesy of

ELEMENTAL has given us details on a proposed 14.5 km pedestrian and bike path within Santiago, that will run along the base of San Cristobal Hill and connect the city’s many distinct communities. According to ELEMENTAL, the proposal – named “Metropolitan Promenade” – seeks to facilitate the use and quality of the city’s public spaces.

The total project will cost about $16 million USD and will be constructed in two stages. The first is expected for March 2015 and will deal with 7.2 kilometers in the western sector of the park. The second stage, which should be ready in September 2015, will complete the following 7.3 kilometers in the eastern sector of the park.

Read the full architect’s description, after the break.

Edificio Vitra / Sebastián Larroulet + Arturo López + Francisco Vergara A.

© Cristian Brahona

Architects: Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara A.
Location: , Metropolitan Region,
Area: 8286.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cristian Brahona, Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara

Echeñique House / Fones Arquitectos

© Antonio Aros

Architects: Fones Arquitectos
Location: La Reina, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Nicolas Fones Claro
Area: 360 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Antonio Aros

Synthon Laboratory Building / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

© Nico Saieh

Architects: GH+A | Guillermo Hevia
Location: El Castaño, Quilicura, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Area: 3200.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh

Ambient 30 60 – YAP CONSTRUCTO 2014 / UMWELT

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Architects: UMWELT
Location: Parque Araucano, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Architects: Scheidegger & García Partarrieu
Project Area: 445.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photography: Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma, Courtesy of

Carozzi Production and Research Food Center / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

© Nico Saieh

Architects: GH+A | Guillermo Hevia
Location: San Bernardo, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Architects In Charge: Tomás Villalón A., Francisco Carrión G., Javier González E.
Project Area: 52000 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh

ARyS House / Peñafiel Arquitectos

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Architects: Peñafiel Arquitectos
Location: Aurelio González, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: José Domingo Peñafiel
Area: 2660.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pablo Casals-Aguirre

Peñalolen Velodrome / Iglesis Prat Arquitectos

© Diego Elgueta

Architects: Iglesis Prat Arquitectos
Location: Parque Peñalolén – Avenida José Arrieta 7659, Peñalolén, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Project Architect: Jorge Iglesis
Project Area: 9851.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Diego Elgueta, Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán

Space FA / Sebastián Yrarrázabal + Veronica Arcos + Andrea Von Chrismar

© Aryeh Kornfeld

Architects: Veronica Arcos, Andrea Von Chrismar, Sebastián Yrarrazabal
Location: Costanera Norte 3736, Vitacura, Metropolitan Region,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld, Daniel Ortiz

Santo Tomas Professional Institute – First Stage / Browne Swett Arquitectos

© Nico Saieh

Architects: Browne Swett Arquitectos
Location: San Joaquín, Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Enrique Browne, Tomás Swett
Design Team: Felipe Combeau, Tadea de Ipiña, Olimpia Lira, Cristóbal Teixido, Gonzalo De la Parra, Josefina del Río , Carolina Rocco
Area: 8,107 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Nico Saieh, Enrique Browne

Multicarpet Rollux Showroom / +arquitectos

© Aryeh Kornfeld

+: +arquitectos
Location: Presidente Kennedy 7400, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Project Architects: + arquitectos – Brahm-Bonomi-Leturia-Bartolomé
Team: Javiera González, Ximena Cerpa, María José Varas, Felipe de la Jara, Natalia Figueroa, Diego Parra
Project Area: 670.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Aryeh Kornfeld

Smiljan Radic Wins Competition to Design Landmark for Santiago

First Place Proposal: + Gabriela Medrano + Ricardo Serpell. Image

Smiljan Radic has been announced as the winner of the competition to design a landmark on San Cristobal Hill, in the heart of Santiago, , that consolidates the hill’s numerous antennas into a single infrastructure.

According to the Contest Director, Luis Eduardo L. Bresciani, the purpose of this competition was to generate an innovative structure of iconic character, an architectural work of outstanding quality that would differ from other towers in other cities and give an identity not just to the hill, but to the city of Santiago. The jury also took into account the landscape of the site, particularly the care with which the park would be treated, as well as the tower’s relationship with the statue of the Virgin and the hilltop in general. Finally, the functionality of the infrastructure, which should act as both a telecommunications tower as well as a public space with panoramic views, was considered. See the six shortlisted proposals, after the break.

Inacap Downtown Campus / Estudio Larrain

© Rodrigo Larrain Illanes

Architects: Estudio Larrain
Location: Moneda 1802, , Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: Rodrigo Larrain Galvez, Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
Area: 19670.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rodrigo Larrain Illanes, Guy Wenborne