In an upcoming book published by Puro Chile, celebrated Catalan architect Miguel Adrià says “Chilean architecture is the most interesting and original in all of the American continent.” The new book, titled Blanca Montaña, or White Mountain, will compile images of and information about 121 different structures around Chile to create the most comprehensive look yet at Chilean architecture.
The three year project of assembling the book combined Adrià’s expertise with the owner of the prestigious Galeria Animal, Tomás Andreu, and Claudia Pertuzé, who together edited a previous book from Puro Chile, titled Copying Eden, which collected images of contemporary Chilean art.
The final product involves works from 60 Chilean architects spanning several generations of innovative design. Included architects will range in age from the septuagenarian Borja Huidobro to Iván Bravo, one of the freshest faces in Chile’s architectural world.
Huidobro has been responsible for major international commissions like the Museum of Natural History in Paris and the French Embassy in New Delhi, as well as iconic buildings in Santiago and several important structures in Santiago’s business district of El Bosque. Bravo’s work is best known for introducing new architectural styles into industrial, suburban settings.
The book, which is expected to cost about US$120 (CP$60,000), will be officially launched on March 22 at the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral. The recently inaugurated cultural center, which will eventually include three theaters, an arts library, classrooms, a recording studio and shops among other things, is itself a prime example of the exciting new face of Chile’s architectural establishment.