Docomomo Chile

Chilean chapter of Docomomo International

Pre Event: Modern architecture, design, construction, restoration / 31/10/2023 11:00 am

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Arch. Flavia Rinaldi -Infrastructure and Architecture ex Manager in Urban Regeneration Direction, Environment and Public Space Ministry, Buenos Aires City Government. 

Juan Vaca

Claudio Vasquez – PUC

Date: 31/10/2023 11:00 am

Date details: Santiago Chile 11:00 hrs (UTC – 3)

House studio for Artists. Bonet, Vera Barros, and López Chas.


Artists’ ateliers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


In 1938 Antonio Bonet, Horacio Vera Barros and Abel López Chas designed “Casa de Estudio para Artistas” in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They were members of Grupo Austral -local avant-garde group- concerned with Rio de la Plata modern architecture, landscape and urbanism. They proposed an unusual program for a 1930´s building seven ateliers combined with independent stores.

Since 2012, the building has been the object of interventions whose goal was to consolidate the city center’s urban landscape by revaluing existing historic buildings while incorporating modern concepts of urban sustainability, walkability, environmental protection and enjoyment of public space. 

The intervention of this exceptional building is one of the first conservative actions addressed by a public office on the modern heritage assets in Buenos Aires City. This project motivated a series of historical investigations that supported the restoration process and allowed us to read the work from different analysis levels. The presentation addresses the facade’s restoration process and the building’s revalorization. 

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Le Corbusier’s design for Maison Errázuriz in Zapallar, Chile


Le Corbusier visited South America for the first time between September and December 1929, when he visited Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Asunción, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In Buenos Aires, the Chilean diplomat Matías Errázuriz Ortúzar (1866-1953), formalized the second commission that the Le Corbusier-Jeanneret office received from South America. It involved the construction of a summer house in Zapallar, an exclusive seaside resort located on the central coast of Chile. This commission had, from every point of view, a complicated configuration; architects in Paris, France; client in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and work in Zapallar, Chile. Finally, the Project was not built, however, it reached a relevance that the architects themselves attributed to it in publications, exhibitions and events.

This presentation will show the circumstances of the commission, the characteristics of the project and will interpret its relevance as a piece within the work of the Le Corbusier-Jeanneret office.

Written by Claudio Galeno

October 31st, 2023 at 9:49 am