Smiljan Radić works on fire station and playground for Chilean civic hub

Architects Smiljan Radić, Eduardo Castillo and Danilo Lazcano teamed up on this community hub in San Pedro de La Paz, Chile, featuring a bright red fire station, raised black walkway and a playground. Radić, Castillo and Lazcano won a contest to design the 15,050-square-metre masterplan for the Boca Sur neighbourhood. The competition titled I Love my Suburb called for a

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Mobil Arquitectos designs Tierra Chiloe hotel for exposed Chilean island site

This boutique hotel by Chilean firm Mobil Arquitectos perches atop a grassy hill, with a glazed dining and lounge area offering ocean views, and a subterranean spa. Tierra Chiloe is located on the main island of the Chiloe archipelago in Chile, much of which is hilly and pastoral, with expansive views of the water. Guests

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Ignacio Corre elevates Casa Mujeres in Chile to provide ocean views

Santiago-based architect Ignacio Correa has built this stilted wooden holiday home on the Chilean coastline and added long expanses of glazing to offer its residents views of the Pacific Ocean. Casa Mujeres provides a retreat for a family in the rural area of Maitencillo, which is roughly a one-hour drive north of the of city Valparaiso.

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Tirado Arquitectos completes timber-clad museum at colonial farm in Patagonia

The ridged roofline of this museum in Chile’s Aysén Region references existing historic buildings on the site and creates a sequence of dramatic internal spaces with steeply sloping ceilings. Santiago-based studio Tirado Arquitectos was commissioned by the regional government to develop a museum on the historically important site, where settlers established a sheep-farming community in

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Sun Arquitectos tops Casa El Boldo in Chile with “barn-style” roof

Chilean firm Sun Arquitectos has embedded half of a coastal residence into a hillside, and topped the other half with an expansive wooden roof to form an open-air living room. Casa El Boldo is positioned 1,476 feet (450 metres) above sea level on a forested slope overlooking the ocean in Zapallar, Chile. Spanning 4,306 square feet (400

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Felipe Assadi’s bright red Casa La Roja nestles in the Chilean mountains

Chilean studio Felipe Assadi Arquitectos has completed a remote dwelling with a vivid scarlet exterior that contrasts with its lush, green surroundings. Casa La Roja, or The Red House, is located in San José de Maipo commune in Chile, near the border with Argentina. Homes sprinkled throughout the mountainous zone are afforded a high level

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Mobil Arquitectos creates pine-clad holiday dwellings for seaside town in Chile

Cantilevers and setbacks define the elevations of this vacation housing complex, designed by Chilean studio Mobil Arquitectos for a gently sloping site in a coastal village. The project, called 12 Cachagua, is located in the mountainous Valparaíso region, about 180 kilometres northwest of the capital Santiago. Situated in the centre of a beach town, the

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Felipe Assadi’s linear H House stretches along the Chilean coast

Chilean firm Felipe Assadi Arquitectos has created a long concrete house for a sloping site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with extended portions forming covered balconies and a perpendicular swimming pool. House H occupies a site in Zapallar, and has a stepped path leading down to a nearby beach. Its stark, elongated form creates a strong contrast against

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Casa Hualle By Ampuero Yutronic

On the eastern shore of Lake Villarrica is Pucón, a Chilean city that stands below an active volcano. Just beyond the city’s borders, local architecture firm Ampuero Yutronic has designed a double story stained-black wooden home: ‘Casa Hualle’.
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A Concrete Clifftop Home By Pezo Von Ellrichshausen

On a wild cliff overlooking the vast blue of the Pacific Ocean, architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen have designed ‘Loba’, a narrow concrete home on the Chilean coast.
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Ampuero Yutronic stains Chilean house to resemble local volcanic stone

A pale plywood interior is hidden behind the slatted black timber walls of this house in Chile, which occupies a rural site with views towards one of the country’s most active volcanoes. Ampuero Yutronic completed the residence in Chile’s Araucania Region – an area known for its dramatic terrain of volcanoes, lakes and the Andes mountains

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Narrow concrete house by Pezo von Ellrichshausen juts towards the Pacific Ocean

Architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen have completed a tall and narrow concrete house, which perches on a cliff facing a sea-lion reserve on Chile’s Coliumo Peninsula. Pezo and Von Ellrichshausen’s studio, which is based in the nearby city of Concepción, designed Loba house for a plot facing down the cliff. From its position on

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Alejandro Soffia slots two homes inside one long black building in Chile

Architect Alejandro Soffia took cues from American “shotgun houses” for the linear design of this black residence near Santiago, which contains two separate homes to cater for a large family. Shotgun House is set in Los Maitenes, a small town south of the Chilean capital. The residence comprises a two-storey gabled frame clad in blacked timber, with

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Concrete roof matches steep gradient of Chilean home by Max Núñez Arquitectos

A continuous flight of steps covers the roof of this home in Chile by Max Núñez Arquitectos, which runs parallel to the site’s steep slope down to the Pacific Ocean. Casa Ghat is located in the region of Cachagua, roughly two hours north of Santiago. It is sited on a dramatic incline overlooking the ocean,

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Home Is An Island Off The Coast Of Chile

In the archipelago of the coast Chile, overlooking the inner sea of the Chiloe island, stands ‘Rode House’: a half-moon home designed by Pezo von Ellrichshausen.
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Rode House by Pezo Von Ellrichschausen curves around a paved courtyard

Pezo Von Ellrichschausen has completed a semi-circular house perched on a hilltop on Chile’s Chiloe Island, featuring a slanted shingle-clad roof that extends partially over an internal courtyard. The studio headed by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen designed Rode House for an elevated plot near the town of Chonchi, from which it faces out

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Pine-wrapped beach house on Chile’s coast has panoramic ocean views

A beach house wrapped in a pavilion of slatted pine wood on the coast of Chile by LAND Arquitectos has uninterrupted views of the South Pacific.  The Chilean architecture studio was commissioned to create a home that made the most of its location in Punta de Lobos on the South Pacific Coast. Casa Casi Cubo

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Apio Arquitectos creates gabled holiday house overlooking Chilean lake

Chilean studio Apio Arquitectos has used wooden barns as a reference for this nature retreat, with pitched roofs and facades wrapped in grey metal and pine. The House in Lake Calafquen is located in southern Chile’s Los Ríos Region. Dotted with lakes, the rural area features low ridges, where “elements appear like isolated modules in

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Faceted house by Verónica Arcos sits in a Chilean forest clearing

Architect Verónica Arcos has used two layers of pine walls to create the angular shape of this house on the coast of Chile. Located 180 kilometres north of the country’s capital Santiago, the residence sits in a gated community called Huaquén Del Mar. The estate is perched on high cliffs, offering elevated views of the

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Outdoor hallway divides summer residence in Chile by 2DM

South American architecture firm 2DM has built a house in rural Chile, which is fully covered in timber inside and out, and passively designed to keep cool during summer. The single-storey Casa Galpon Rapel is located near Rapel Lake, a region which transforms from a sleepy getaway into a bustling tourist destination in warmer months.

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Studio Selva wraps Chilean surfers’ retreat in eucalyptus screens

Amsterdam office Studio Selva used locally sourced materials to construct this holiday home for surfers in central Chile, which features rooms that open onto a communal deck overlooking the ocean. Casa Tumán is located 175 kilometres southwest of Santiago, in a remote part of the Central Coast region with good access to the nearby Puertecillo

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Bahá’í temple in Chile by Hariri Pontarini features torqued wings made of steel and glass

Sufi whirling dancers and Japanese bamboo baskets were among the references for this sculptural temple in Chile by Hariri Pontarini Architects. The Bahá’í Temple of South America is located just outside of Santiago, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. “Nestled in the rolling topography of the mountains and surrounded by reflecting pools and a landscape

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García and Soler give Chilean school a new look with light chimneys and metal cladding

Architects Guillermo Hevia García and Nicolás Urzúa Soler have overhauled a school in central Chile, adding large skylights to an existing building and creating a new pavilion with a glass wall. The Alianza Francesa Jean Mermoz School and Pavilion is located in the city of Curicó, in the country’s central Maule region. The project entailed

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Studio Cáceres Lazo nestles home into Chilean valley to offer sweeping views

Chilean firm Studio Cáceres Lazo (SCL) has balanced a glass and concrete residence on a hillside outside Santiago, facing out towards the rolling countryside. The GZ House stands on a hill overlooking the Chicureo valley just outside the Chilean capital. Initially, the site was inaccessible. So the firm set about planning and constructing a road

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Gonzalo Claro hides rooftop extension of Chilean house behind dark waterproof membrane

Chilean architect Gonzalo Claro has renovated a family home in Santiago, reducing the ground floor footprint but adding a level for bedrooms. The Las Quilas house was completed in 2015 for a young family that wanted a home that would integrate seamlessly into the neighbourhood. Claro described the project as “a house shaped as a house”.

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Protruding roof offers skyward views at renovated Chilean home by Felipe Alarcón Carreño

Chilean architect Felipe Alarcón Carreño has added an angled volume to the top of this small house in the city of Linares to raise the ceiling and create a brighter, more spacious interior. Casa Lautaro stands within a compact neighbourhood, where surrounding homes block out much of the natural light accessible to the one-storey house.

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A Versatile Vacation Home By Cristián Izquierdo

Architect Cristián Izquierdo created a pine wooden multifunctional holiday home opening up to a long beach, on top of a dune in the middle of nowhere in Chile.
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A Vacation Home With 72 Doors By Cristián Izquierdo

Architect Cristián Izquierdo created a pine wooden multifunctional holiday home opening up to a long beach, on top of a dune in the middle of nowhere in Chile.
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Stacked and rotated blocks ensure multiple sea views from Chilean beach house

Chilean architects 2DM twisted the upper volume of this blackened timber house away from its stilted base to offer a variety of views to the sea in Chile’s Cardenal Caro Province. The Santiago-based architects designed the residence for a narrow plot of land along Puertecillo beach in the coastal community of Navidad. The aim was to frame the sea on the

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Rusty steel wedges surround desert garden in Chile’s Atacama Desert

A cluster of mono-pitched volumes clad in earthy pre-weathered steel shelters a mini oasis at the centre of this cultural facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Santiago-based architects Emilio Marín and Juan Carlos López collaborated on the design of the centre, which was built alongside the first wind farm to be installed in northern Chile. The site is

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Gonzalo Iturriaga’s blackened pine cabin provides refuge for a Chilean mountaineer

Chilean architect Gonzalo Iturriaga used folded planes of blackened pine to create this faceted cabin as a retreat for a mountaineer in Chile’s Valparaíso Region. Iturriaga designed the retreat for a rocky site near the city of San Esteban, using piles to give the irregularly shaped structure an even footing. The 60-square-metre cabin is named in RF C9, and has a

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Rugged oak and stone walls enclose holiday home overlooking Chilean wetlands

The roof terrace of this timber- and stone-clad retreat by Croxatto and Opazo Arquitectos offers holiday-makers panoramic views of a scenic wetland in Chile. Machagua House is located around 180 kilometres northwest of Santiago next to a wetland in the town of Cachagua. The holiday home comprises two volumes faced in opposing materials. The larger single-story block forming

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Cristian Hrdalo adds protective steel screens to house beside a golf course in Chile

Perforated panels of weathering steel create sunshades for this concrete house in Chile, but also offer protection from stray balls struck by players on the adjacent golf course (+ slideshow). The house is located on one of dozens of plots lining the fairways of the Las Araucarias de Linderos Golf Club, which is situated around 30 kilometres south of More

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A Modern House On Rugged Terrain In Chile

Located in Huentelauquen North, a part of Chile where the green valleys end and the dry landscape of soft hills begins, Casa C14 exemplifies the simple South American design aesthetic.
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Umwelt bases office block in southern Chile on Le Corbusier housing model

This corrugated metal and concrete office block by Santiago studio Umwelt has a slab and frame construction modelled on Le Corbusier’s Maison Dom-ino prototype for customisable housing (+ slideshow). The structure by Umwelt is made from a system of precast reinforced concrete elements, more typically used to build car parks, and clad in sheets of black Aluzinc galvanised steel. A series of columns surround More

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Gregorio Brugnoli Errázuriz raises Santiago house above a patio and beech tree

An exposed steel frame supports the upper storey of this house in Santiago, Chile, which has a mature copper beech tree rising from a courtyard at its centre (+ slideshow). Located in Santiago’s Las Condes district, House LG was designed by local architect Gregorio Brugnoli Errázuriz to replace an existing property, providing a bespoke home for a family. Errázuriz More

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Watch our short video about Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena

Last week, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won the Pritzker Architecture Prize. To celebrate, Dezeen has produced this short movie, which serves as an introduction to Aravena’s work. Aravena, 48, was selected as the 2016 winner of the Pritzker Prize – architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize – by a jury that included leading architects Richard Rogers and Glenn More

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Alejandro Aravena’s Innovation Center UC photographed by Cristobal Palma

These new shots by Chilean photographer Cristobal Palma reveal the monumental cube structure of the UC Innovation Center – Anacleto Angelini by 2016 Pritzker Prize laureate Alejandro Aravena (+ slideshow). Aravena’s firm Elemental completed the 8,176-square-metre building in 2014. The 14-storey structure – which includes three floors underground – was designed to bring together businesses and More

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Concrete house by Felipe Assadi stretches along the rugged Chilean coastline

This concrete residence by Santiago studio Felipe Assadi Architects extends across the craggy cliffs of the Los Vilos coastline in Chile’s Coquimbo region (+ slideshow). The concrete block slopes down to follow the descent of the shoreline, with one end by a group of trees and the other in a rock garden populated with cacti and small pink […]

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DX Arquitectos extends yoga teacher’s house with a blackened timber studio on top

Chilean studio DX Arquitectos has added a timber-framed roof extension to the home of a yoga teacher in Santiago, providing a studio where she can teach classes (+ slideshow). Santiago-based DX Arquitectos designed the studio for the director of Ashtanga Yoga Chile – the oldest school in the country specialising in this method of yoga. “She […]

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Timber cabins provide guest suites for Patagonia’s remote Awasi Hotel

Chilean architect Felipe Assadi has built a series of wooden hotel cabins on a Chilean hillside, offering guests the chance to glimpse wild llamas, pumas and rheas in their natural habitat (+ slideshow). Located just outside the Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region, the 12 cabins were designed by Felipe Assadi Architects to provide individual lodgings for the Awasi Hotel. […]

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MAPA updates Chilean housing block with textured brick facade

Chilean studio MAPA has converted a vacant building in Santiago into an apartment block covered in zigzagging brickwork (+ slideshow). The 1940s building in the Providencia area of the city had been derelict for 30 years before MAPA co-founders Cristián Larraín and Matías Madsen carried out the overhaul, which they call Project E_RC. The three-storey […]

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Umwelt creates perforated concrete bunker for a television channel in Chile

A grid of concrete encases this television transmission centre on the summit of San Cristóbal Hill in Santiago, Chile, which has recently been renovated by architecture studio Umwelt. Working with a limited budget, Santiago-based Umwelt teamed up with architect Juan Manuel Sepúlveda to renovate and extend the transmission centre in the city’s Parque Metropolitano. By adding a second storey to house the television […]

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Estudio Valdés reuses roof and structure of a derelict barn to build House at Lake Ranco

Trusses salvaged from an earthquake-damaged barn support the roof of this contemporary glass-walled summer cottage on the shores of one of Chile’s largest lakes (+ slideshow). Brothers Carlos Ignacio Cruz Elton and Alberto Cruz Elton of Santiago firm Estudio Valdés Arquitectos designed the building as a holiday retreat for their families in a forest that extends along the […]

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Tennis court buildings by Felipe Assadi zigzag towards the Chilean coastline

A sauna, gymnasium, baths and caretaker’s lodgings are housed in these four buildings at a seaside tennis court in Chile, which were planned by Felipe Assadi Architects to look like one long but disjointed building. Designed by Felipe Assadi in collaboration with Francisca Pulido and Alejandra Araya, the Pabellón de Cuatro Usos – which translates as pavilion with […]

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Concrete painter’s studio by Felipe Assadi nestles into a rocky hillside on the Chilean seafront

This concrete painting studio by Santiago studio Felipe Assadi Architects is half-submerged in the cliffside gardens of a house on the Chilean coastline (+ slideshow). Felipe Assadi worked with architects Francisca Pulido and Alejandra Araya on the Workshop for a Painter, which sits beside the owner’s concrete home on the Los Vilos coastline near Santiago. The architects – who also designed […]

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Victor Gubbins pays tribute to Le Corbusier with concrete beach house on the Chilean coast

Influenced by Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, this sculptural concrete residence by Santiago studio Gubbins Arquitectos perches on the craggy cliffs of the Chilean coastline (+ slideshow). Casa Mirador was designed by studio co-founder Victor Gubbins as his own holiday home and it sits on the Tunquén coastline, a couple of hours’ drive from the studio’s offices in Santiago. Concrete was […]

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GB House is supported by steel pillars to avoid disturbing its hilltop site

A large decked balcony raised on branching steel piloti provides views towards the Pacific Ocean from this house near the Chilean city of Concón by Santiago studio emA Arquitectos. GB House was designed by emA Arquitectos for a family who wanted to move out of the capital and enjoy a quieter life by the coast. […]

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Ennead Architects chosen for subantarctic research centre on Chile’s Cape Horn

Ennead Architects has been selected to design a research centre on Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America, which will promote study and ecological tourism in the remote region (+ slideshow). The Chilean government appointed New York-based Ennead to work with local architects Cristian Sanhueza and Cristian Ostertag on the Cape Horn Sub-Antarctic Research […]

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Timber-lined roof perches at an angle on top of Chilean seaside home

A slanted roof with a timber underside is elevated above this top-heavy house on the Chilean coast, designed by architects Alvaro Arancibia and Sebastian Coll (+ slideshow). The weekend house is located in Cachagua, 160 kilometres from Santiago, and was designed by Arancibia and Coll to accommodate up to 12 people. One of the key aims […]

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LAND Arquitectos rebuilds school devastated by Chilean earthquake

A school that was destroyed during the 2010 Chile earthquake has been rebuilt by Santiago studio LAND Arquitectos using simple white-painted pine (+ slideshow). The Santa Rosa School in Constitucion, a city on Chile’s south central coastline, was ruined by the major earthquake that struck on 27 February 2010 – one of the most powerful quakes […]

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Chilean chapel will become Gaudí’s first project outside Spain

News: a chapel originally designed by Antoni Gaudí for the Sagrada Família is set to constructed in Chile, 90 years after the Catalan architect’s death. Chilean president Michelle Bachelet has announced plans to fund construction of the Gaudí Cultural and Spiritual Center in the city of Rancagua, including the chapel “Our Lady of the Angels” […]
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Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s Casa Guna is a top-heavy house beside a lagoon

Described by architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen as a “monolithic prism of concrete”, this top-heavy house nestles into the hillside beside a Chilean lagoon (+ slideshow). The two-storey Casa Guna was designed by Pezo von Ellrichshausen for a rural site in San Pedro de la Paz, central Chile, where it sits between the lagoon and […]
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Rough-sawn pine used to build low-cost Hostal Ritoque in Chile

Chilean architects Alejandro Soffia and Gabriel Rudolphy were set a strict budget for this seaside guesthouse complex, so they used standard dimensions to get as much value as possible out of their building materials (+ slideshow). Located at the northern end of a beach in Quintero, part of Chile’s Valparaíso Region, Hostal Ritoque is made […]

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Giant openings puncture Elemental’s “monolithic” concrete innovation centre

This concrete innovation centre at a Chilean university by Santiago studio Elemental has deep recessed windows designed to cool its network of communal interior spaces (+ slideshow). Elemental designed the 8,176-square-metre Innovation Center UC – Anacleto Angelini on the campus of the Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago. The 14-storey building, which includes three floors underground, was created as […]

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s Casa Meri contains 10 matching rooms and no corridors

Identically proportioned rooms are arranged in a grid behind the yellow-dyed facade of this house in rural Chile, designed by architect duo Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. The two Pezo von Ellrichshausen founders originally designed Casa Meri as the permanent residence for a couple in Florida, central Chile, but a later change to the […]

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