GIZ / FAR frohn&rojas

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas
Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas

Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas Courtesy of FAR frohn&rojas +14

School of Economics and Business Diego Portales University / Rafael Hevia + Rodrigo Duque Motta + Gabriela Manzi

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Clara, Huechuraba, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Collaborator

    Catalina Ventura
  • External Collaborator

    Martin Holmes
  • Project Area

    16644.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +28

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

01:00 - 28 April, 2014
Sculpture Garden, MOMA. Image © Andrew Moore, http://andrewlmoore.com/
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 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 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.

Renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art / Smiljan Radic. Image Courtesy of The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art Diagrams of the plan for the renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art / Smiljan Radic. Image Courtesy of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino's Facebook Page Renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, in progress. Image Courtesy of Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino's Facebook Page Renovation of the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art / Smiljan Radic. Image © Nico Saieh +15

School of Design and Institute of Urban Studies / Sebastián Irarrázaval

01:00 - 25 April, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
  • Architect

  • Location

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Monsenor Carlos Casanueva, Providencia, Santiago 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 © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +44

ELEMENTAL Proposes Pedestrian Path To Connect Districts of Santiago

00:00 - 23 April, 2014
© ELEMENTAL
© ELEMENTAL

ELEMENTAL has given us details on a proposed 14.5 km pedestrian and bike path within Santiago, Chile 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.

© ELEMENTAL © ELEMENTAL © ELEMENTAL © Guy Wenborne. Image © ELEMENTAL +12

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

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
© Cristian Brahona
© Cristian Brahona
  • Architects

    Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara A.
  • Location

    Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Area

    8286.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Cristian Brahona, Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara

Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara Courtesy of Sebastián Larroulet, Arturo López, Francisco Vergara © Cristian Brahona +20

Echeñique House / Fones Arquitectos

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
© Antonio Aros
© Antonio Aros

© Antonio Aros © Antonio Aros © Antonio Aros © Antonio Aros +29

Synthon Laboratory Building / GH+A | Guillermo Hevia

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +23

Ambient 30 60 - YAP CONSTRUCTO 2014 / UMWELT

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
  • Architects

  • Location

    Parque Araucano, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Scheidegger & García Partarrieu
  • Project Area

    445.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

    Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma, Courtesy of UMWELT

© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma +24

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

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
  • Architects

  • Location

    San Bernardo, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    Tomás Villalón A., Francisco Carrión G., Javier González E.
  • Project Area

    52000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +36

ARyS House / Peñafiel Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 April, 2014
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre
© Pablo Casals-Aguirre

© Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre © Pablo Casals-Aguirre +21

Deloitte Building / CFA-Cristián Fernandez Arquitectos

01:00 - 4 April, 2014
© Felipe Díaz
© Felipe Díaz
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rosario Norte 331-459, Las Condes, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architect

    Cristián Fernandez Eyzaguirre
  • Collaborators

    Andrés Parker S., Adolfo Pinto A., Tamara Rodriguez P.
  • Project Area

    51393.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Felipe Díaz +20

Peñalolen Velodrome / Iglesis Prat Arquitectos

01:00 - 18 March, 2014
© Diego Elgueta
© Diego Elgueta
  • Architects

  • Location

    Parque Peñalolén - Avenida José Arrieta 7659, Peñalolén, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Architect

    Jorge Iglesis
  • Project Area

    9851.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

    Diego Elgueta, Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán

© Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán © Juan Francisco Vargas Malebrán © Diego Elgueta © Diego Elgueta +33

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

01:00 - 14 March, 2014
© Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld +37

Santo Tomas Professional Institute - First Stage / Browne Swett Arquitectos

01:00 - 11 March, 2014
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Enrique Browne © Nico Saieh © Enrique Browne +32

Multicarpet Rollux Showroom / +arquitectos

01:00 - 20 February, 2014
© Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld
  • +Arquitectos

  • Location

    Presidente Kennedy 7400, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • 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 © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld +24

Smiljan Radic Wins Competition to Design Landmark for Santiago

00:00 - 16 February, 2014
First Place Proposal: Smiljan Radic + Gabriela Medrano + Ricardo Serpell. Image
First Place Proposal: Smiljan Radic + 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, 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.

Mención Honrosa: Soza_Atanacio + Aguirre_Castro Arquitectos. Image  Mención Honrosa: GmasP + Saez Joannon Arquitectos. Image Courtesy of Minvu Tercer Lugar: Architects of Invention. Image  Segundo Lugar: Tomás Folch y equipo. Image  +12

Inacap Downtown Campus / Estudio Larrain

01:00 - 5 February, 2014
© Rodrigo Larrain Illanes
© Rodrigo Larrain Illanes

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes © Rodrigo Larrain Illanes +36