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Dinamarca 399 / Joaquín Velasco Rubio

  • Architects: Joaquín Velasco Rubio
  • Location: Dinamarca 399, Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Area: 985.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld

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Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos

  • Architects: Molo Arquitectos
  • Location: Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Daniel Morales Escudero
  • Area: 101.0 m2
  • Year Project: 2013
  • Photography: Cortesia de Molo Arquitectos

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Minga Valpo: Architects and Sustainable Reconstruction in Valparaíso, Chile

Courtesy of Minga Valpo
Courtesy of Minga Valpo

After the fire this past April in Valparaíso, Chile, a group of young architects went to the port city to develop a reconstruction project based on energy efficiency, recycled materials, and adaptability to Valparaíso's topographic context. The Minga Valpo project has not only achieved these objectives, but it has also allowed families to help build their own houses. In a mere three months, Minga Valpo has already built three houses.

Take a look at photographs of the project and read the architects' description after the break. 

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Fauna Hotel / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos

  • Architects: Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos
  • Location: Paseo Dimalow 166, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Roberto Fantuzzi, Jaime Rodillo
  • Area: 710.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pablo Blanco

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After the Wildfires: How Will Chile Rebuild Its Informal Communities?

For those unfamiliar with Valparaíso, allow me to inform you: this city is a treasure. The UNESCO World Heritage site and cultural capital of Chile is defined by its winding paths, happily graffitied streets, antiquated funiculars, and - above all - its colorful, tightly-packed hills. And because of its precarious density, the city was brought to its knees by vicious forest fires this past weekend, fires which quickly spread and consumed 2,500 acres, displacing over 12,500 people whose homes were destroyed. 

The hills where the fires hit hardest are similar to Brazilian favelas - inhabited by informal residents who have little to no access to infrastructure and who constructed their homes themselves, illegally, and - as the fires have proven - rather perilously.

The response of the Chilean government so far has been to suggest bulldozing and building again in “a more orderly manner.” To do so, the government has intimated that it will expropriate land and relocate citizens to safer sites.  

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Laguna Verde House I / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos + Carlos Bisbal

© Francisca Domínguez
© Francisca Domínguez

Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos, Carlos Bisbal Location: Valparaiso, Chile Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Francisca Domínguez

© Francisca Domínguez
© Francisca Domínguez
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Video: Valparaiso Cultural Park / HLPS arquitectos by Cristobal Palma

Parque Cultural de Valparaiso [PCdV] from Estudio Palma on Vimeo.

Winner of an international competition in 2009 after the rejection of a proposal from brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Valparaíso Cultural Center designed by HLPS arquitectos was finished last year with an impressive result. Today we have this great video Cristobal Palma just shared with us, shot a couple of months ago.

La Baronia House / Nicolás del Rio + Max Núñez

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

Architects: Nicolás del Rio + Max Núñez Location: Quintero, Valparaíso Region, Chile Architect In Charge: Nicolás del Rio, Max Núñez Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 150 sqm Photographs: Erieta Attali, Felipe Camus, Sergio Pirrone

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© Felipe Camus
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© Sergio Pirrone
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© Erieta Attali
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© Erieta Attali

Lofts Yungay II / Rearquitectura

  • Architects: Rearquitectura
  • Location: General Mackenna 109-247, Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Architects: Antonio Menéndez Ferrer – Cristian Barrientos Vera
  • Structure Engineer:  Jorge Dadhal Casas-Cordero.
  • Mep:  H.A.O. Ingeniería.
  • Client:  Inmobiliaria Rearquitectura Ltda.
  • Contractor:  JMC Constructora Limitada
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0
  • Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal

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Valparaiso Cultural Center competition results

1st Prize - Jonathan Holmes, Martin Labbé, Carolina Portugueis, Osvaldo Spichiger
1st Prize - Jonathan Holmes, Martin Labbé, Carolina Portugueis, Osvaldo Spichiger

The winners of the Valparaiso Cultural Center competition in Chile were just announced. The competition came after a proposal from brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was rejected. The Cultural Center will be built where the former prison stood for the last 150 years.

The winning projects are:

1st Prize – Jonathan Holmes, Martín Labbé, Carolina Portugueis, Osvaldo Spichiger 2nd Prize – Patricio Mardones, Juan Francisco Garcés, Felipe Ortiz, Pablo Ropert, Rocío Costa 3rd Prize – oficina de arquitectura + Paisajes Emergentes (featured today on AD Futures)

For more information on the winning projects, click here (in spanish). Images of the winning projects, after the break.

Altamirano Walk Public Furniture / oficina de arquitectura

  • Architects: oficina de arquitectura
  • Location: Camino Costero, Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Architects: oficina de arquitectura - Emilio Marín, Nicolás Norero (competition phase)
  • Collaborators: Diego Rossel (development phase)
  • Structural Engineer: INGEVSA S.A.
  • Materials: GRAU concrete ground slab, Concrete, galvanize steel
  • Project Year: 2007

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