Chinquihue Stadium / Cristian Fernandez Arquitectos

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Puerto Montt, Chile
  • Architects: Cristian Fernandez Arquitectos
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Armstrong Ceilings, Hunter Douglas, Linea Office Etersol, Metecno, Polytan
  • Collaborators: Carlos Ulloa A. - Arturo Steinberg - Guillermo Bustos
  • Client: Ilustre Municipalidad de Puerto Montt.
  • Description: Improvement of Chinquihue Stadium. Phase 1: 2008 - 2009. Phase 2: 2012 - 2013
  • City: Puerto Montt
  • Country: Chile
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Text description provided by the architects. 1 -. A fast, inexpensive and attractive construction system to meet deadlines.

This project is conceived from the logic of a constructive, modular and prefabricated system, suitable to build the project in phases.

The galvanized metal trusses are repeated rhythmically, setting the cloak that covers the stadium. They are clad in aluminum panels, opaque or microperforated, generating opaque or semi transparent planes.

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The entire system of new bleachers is designed based on precast reinforced concrete elements, mounted on prefabricated columns and beams or on a few elements manufactured on site.

Generally speaking, a high percentage of what is built is modular, repetitive and prefabricated, with local Chilean materials and engineering, making it feasible and realistic to keep the project within the proposed cost and schedule.


. 2 - A Stadium with characteristics that embody the identity and create a strong image to Puerto Montt.

Chinquillue Stadium is set on the edge of the canal and opposite the island of Tenglo. This site provides the stadium with a privileged view, this becomes a particular and unique feature, which is already part of the idiosyncrasy of the current stadium.

The elliptical design of the new project makes a gesture of openness to the landscape, as the eaves in the access area across the street, which close this great figure, are at a level below the viewing angle from the bleachers, allowing a clear and framed view of the channel and the island.

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Thus, the view of the landscape becomes more than an accident of the place, it is an objective that is enhanced and framed with the design of the new stadium.

Moreover, as the name Puerto Montt implies, it is closely identified with the sea and its boats, it is a port.

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Such an iconic building will contribute to this identity.

There is a strong formal analogy between the constructive method of the stadium and the construction of boats ... the roof, structured based on trusses, and envelope of the stadium, are in the constructive logic of a boat, with its ribs, frames and plating.

Thus, besides meeting all the programmatic and functional requirements, the morphology of the new stadium frames its privileged view of the canal, and gives the city an emblematic building that accentuates the Puerto Montt identity.

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. 3 - A building that meets in a clear manner, the programmatic and functional requirements of the commission.

In the logic of a design competition, what matters at this stage in relation to the program and its functional aspects, is to give a simple and clear structure to the building, which has the potential to receive the inevitable and necessary amendments and adjustments to the original program.

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 From our perspective, it is feasible to partially reduce the requirements and areas for this stadium with a capacity of 10,000. 

The program is structured in three levels; court level, bleachers level and above bleachers level, in addition to distinguishing the central or neutral sectors, and those for different teams.

4.- Creating a new urban image

Currently, the stadium is invisible to the city, from Pacheco Altamirano Avenue, it is almost impossible to see it.

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The closed and elliptic form proposed in our design allows the building to lean stunningly towards the avenue, with a large horizontal facade, displaying the new stadium and making it more transparent.

This meeting point between the stadium and the street becomes the main access, both vehicular and pedestrian, to the site.


This gives the stadium a nascent urban and symbolic presence for the entire city of Puerto Montt.

The 90° rotation of the trusses generates a protective overhang in the access, and a long facade where the public accesses and ticket offices are located.

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Address:Estadio Chinquihue, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos Region, Chile

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Cite: "Chinquihue Stadium / Cristian Fernandez Arquitectos" [Estadio Chinquihue / Cristián Fernández Arquitectos] 31 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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