We are currently in Beta version and updating this search on a regular basis. We’d love to hear your feedback here.

BROWSE ALL FROM THIS PHOTOGRAPHER HERE

Valparaiso Architecture Guide: Places to Visit in Chile's Jewel of the Pacific

Situated at the foot of 45 hills along the Chilean coast, Valparaíso was a key port in the South Pacific during the 20th century before the construction of the Panama Canal. Thanks to its rapid industrial and commercial growth, the port underwent an urban transformation, attracting thousands of foreigners and cementing its reputation as a bustling South American cosmopolis rich in society, culture, and architecture.  

Described by The Guardian as a "Berlin by the seaside", Valparaiso's historic downtown was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003 and the city's cultural and architectural wealth make it a must-see for tourists and architecture aficionados alike.

In this article, we present a guide written by one of the city's many enthusiasts that will give a complete and in-depth look at the port's many treasures. The guide is written as if for a walking tour, starting in Plaza Sotomayor, the city's main square. The route can be divided into two days, with the first part ending at the Palacio Baburizza and the second beginning with the Valparaiso Cultural Park. Take a tip from the experts--if you get lost, don't trust an app to find your way. Ask a local!

Casa PH2 / DX Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco+ 17

Padre Hurtado, Chile
  • Architects: DX Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  184
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Arauco, Cintac®, Passol, Volcan

Houses Townhouse Nocedal / Norte Readymade

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Viviana Morales© Pablo Blanco+ 13

La Reina, Chile
  • Architects: Norte Readymade
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1812
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, FRANKE, Arredo3, Brimat, CHC, +3

Rapel House / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco+ 21

Lagunillas, Chile
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  478
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aceros B&R, Arquetipo, CHC, Maestranza Santa Elena, patagonia glass

Center for Therapies and Meditation Riquelme 62 / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco+ 21

Limache, Chile
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  217
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aceros B&R, Arquetipo, CHC, Maestranza Santa Elena, patagonia glass

Aglae House / AFARQ Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco+ 18

Santo Domingo, Chile
  • Architects: AFARQ Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  140
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, Arauco, Beagle, Portinari

Why Should We Invest in Mitigation Instead of Reconstruction? Chile's Resiliency is a Good Example

Chile is a country used to natural disasters as much as to the reconstruction process. However, the frequency of these cycles has increased over the years. According to the Ministry of Interior (Homeland), 43% of all natural disasters recorded in Chile since 1960 happened between 2014 and 2017. In fact, the government is already involved in several reconstruction processes across the country.

Designed by Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos, Kaukari Urban Park turned the channel of the Copiapó River into an accessible urban green space, capable of controling potential floods, just as it happened in 2015. Image © Rodrigo OpazoDesigned by Sebastian Irarrázaval, the Constitución Public Library was part of a public-private initiative taken to rebuild the city of Constitución after 2010 Chile earthquake. Image © Felipe Díaz ContardoDesigned by PLAN Arquitectos, Constitución's Consistorial Town Hall was part of the reconstruction of the city after 2010 Chile earthquake. Image © Pablo BlancoVilla Verde Housing / ELEMENTAL. Image © Suyin Chia+ 7

Trends Report: Comfort in Architecture

ArchDaily has become the most consulted architecture website in the world and the volume of our traffic reveals key data about the topics that architects consider relevant. In the past few months, user behavior has shown a growing interest in various concepts related to comfort in architecture.

Casa Villuco / DX Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco+ 23

Concepción, Chile
  • Architects: DX Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  558
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Arauco, Baldosas Cordova, CAP, Hunter Douglas, Metalcon

Culture and Artistic Diffusion School in La Unión / Crisosto Smith Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco+ 34

La Unión, Chile
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5368
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cintac®, Glasstech, Instapanel, MK

San Enrique 577 Hotel / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco+ 26

Valparaíso, Chile

Machmar Mill Art Center / PLAN Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco+ 18

  • Architects: PLAN Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Bronson

El Internado / Fantuzzi + Rodillo Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© José Benasco+ 32

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  810
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Tarkett, Biotung, Maestranza Santa Elena, Perfillam, Sack, Sack, +2

The Key Architectural Elements Required to Design Yoga and Meditation Spaces

For several decades, a set of oriental practices and techniques have strongly infiltrated the western world. A new program that, as architects, we must start solving more often, and that poses interesting challenges from the point of functional, environmental, and aesthetic.

These disciplines are completely focused on the human being, as they seek to work and satisfy their physical, psychological and spiritual needs, and that's why it seems important to analyze how these needs are being met spatially by architects. Many of the operations taken in these spaces create enabling environments for reflection, introspection, healing, and therefore could also be applied in other relevant programs, such as housing, educational, hospital, and even office spaces.

This article seeks to draw lessons from some projects already published on our site, in order to perform a kind of guide for designs that helps our community of readers to find inspiration more effectively.

Estudio Para Yoga-Kamadhenu / Carolina Echevarri + Alberto Burckhardt. Cundinamarca, Colombia. Image © Juan Cristobal CoboAYC / DX Arquitectos. Santiago de Chile. Image © Pablo BlancoCentro Holístico Punto Zero / Dio Sustentable. Putaendo, Chile. Image © Jean Pierre Marchant y Fernando J. RomeroRitual House of Yoga / goCstudio. Seattle, United States. Image © Kevin Scott+ 29

Honey Exporter / DX Arquitectos + DEL SANTE Arquitectos

© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco© Pablo Blanco+ 36

  • Architects: DEL SANTE Arquitectos, DX Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  12475
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cintac®, Hunter Douglas, Tecnolam, Tupemesa