Smiljan Radic has been announced as the winner of the competition to design a landmark on San Cristobal Hill, in the heart of Santiago, Chile, 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.
Architects: Enrique Browne y Arquitectos Asociados
Location: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile – Avendia Vicuna Mackenna 4860, Macul, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Architect In Charge: Enrique Browne
Associated Architects: Tomás Swett, Josefina del Río, Cristobal Teixidó
Colaborating Architects: Paulina Fernández, Jorge Silva, Enrique Browne C, Verónica López.
Site Area: 3723 sqm
Area: 2650.0 sqm
Photographs: Nico Saieh, Enrique Browne
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To commemorate its Bicentennial, the Chilean government has launched an initiative called “Bicentennial Legacy” to regenerate, revitalize, and consolidate the public spaces, heritage sites, and urban icons of the country.
As part of this program, Chile’s President, Sebastian Piñera, has proposed the “Plan Parque Metropolitano 100 Años”, which outlines projects that are to be developed within the Metropolitan Park of Santiago. This urban park is the principal public space within the city and is located on San Cristobal Hill, the geographical/metaphorical heart of the city.
One of these projects is the construction of a tower that will consolidate the numerous antennas currently located throughout the hill into a single infrastructure.
The winner of a competition to design a new extension for Chile‘s National History Museum has been announced. The competition, hosted by The Chilean Architecture Department of the Ministry of Public Works and the Department of Libraries, Archives and Museums, called for an 8,612 square feet annex devoted to exhibition and storage space. From the 54 proposals received, Aguiló + Pedraza Architects’ stood out.
The Architect’s description of the proposal, after the break.