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Following the Principles of Félix Candela: An Experimental Wood Workshop in Chile

  • 12:00 - 18 March, 2016
  • by Equipo Editorial
  • Translated by Becky Quintal
Following the Principles of Félix Candela: An Experimental Wood Workshop in Chile
Following the Principles of Félix Candela: An Experimental Wood Workshop in Chile, Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015

At the UTFSM in Valparaíso, Chile, architect Verónica Arcos developed a first-year studio centered around the theme of "materiality." 

Based on an application of math and geometry in the study of Mexican architect Félix Candela's work, the workshop sought to "put form in crisis and take it to its maximum expression."

The workshop had both a theoretical and practical focus. First, the architect's biography was explored, which allowed students to grasp Candela's interests and context--such as the basic principles that supported his method of working. The idea was to understand the "laws" (like the ruled surface) that governed Candela's projects, and to then propose new structures that follow the same principles. 

The students developed six projects through physical and digital models, which were then constructed at 1:1 scale in the Parque Universitario del Santuario Quebrada Verde, to the south of the city of Valparaíso. 

Professors

Marion Koch
Raúl Solís
Francisca Rodríguez
Michele Berho
Claudio Fredes
Verónica Arcos

Students

G_1

Carlos Alvarez, Ian Campusano, Rodrigo Gallardo, Camila Ayala, Sergia Elortegui, Maite Pérez, Daniela Escobar, Gastón Neira, Daniel Herrera, Matías Correa

Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Model
Model
Plans
Plans
Exploded View
Exploded View

G_2

Kiara Manríquez, Matías Reyes, Safka Absé, Enzo Rocchiccioli, Miguel Cid, Moira Jamett, Flor Tillería, Laura Menares, Constanza Castillo, Isidora Núñez

Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Model
Model
Plans
Plans
Joints & Details
Joints & Details

G_3

Isidora Bustamante, Xiomara Arancibia, Camilo Arredondo, Tomás Hurtado, Tomás Rubilar, Constanza Cárdenas, Bárbara Quinsacara, Carlos Regolf, Catalina Ríos, Sofía Valencia

Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Model
Model
Plans
Plans
Sections / Elevations
Sections / Elevations

G_4

Orlando Muñoz, Marrio Garrido, María Carolina Bernal, Darío González, Nicolás Vásquez, Joaquín Urrejola, Constanza Mizala, Josefa Lizama, Julio Gómez, Sergio Cassane

Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Model
Model
Plans
Plans

G_5

Jovanna Saavedra, Noelia Bravo, Camila Flores, Christian Cortez, Lia Muñoz, Erwin Quezada, Javier Zúñiga, Ivania Plaza, Nicolás Bastías, Sofía Alucema

Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Model
Model
Plans
Plans
Elevations
Elevations

G_6

Claudia Aliaga, Verónica Obilinovic, Camila Garcés, Aníbal Montero, Natalia Medina, Natalia Villegas, Lucía Maldonado, Paulina Leal, Magdalena Letonja, Luis Villagra

Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Courtesy of Taller Materialidad UTFSM 2015
Model
Model
Exploded View
Exploded View
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Cite: Equipo Editorial. "Following the Principles of Félix Candela: An Experimental Wood Workshop in Chile" [Siguiendo los principios de Félix Candela: taller de experimentación en madera en Valparaíso] 18 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintal, Becky) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/784086/following-the-principles-of-felix-candela-an-experimental-wood-workshop-in-chile/> ISSN 0719-8884