San Juan de Dios Apartments by
Duarte Arquitectos


Chilean studio Duarte Arquitectos have designed an apartment building for a hill-top in Valparaiso, Chile.

Called San Juan de Dios Apartments, the development will comprise 17 apartments, parking lots and a communal area.

The structure will replace two houses on a stepped piece of land and have a façade featuring irregularly-placed windows with shutters.

Construction is due to begin later this year.

Here's some more information from the architects:

San Juan de Dios Apartments, Valparaíso, Chile.

Valparaiso is one of the main ports of Chile, with more than four centuries old.

Its importance is given from the second half of the nineteenth century, when the city - the port was a major player in the global system of early industrial era of global trade associated with them.

The continuing cultural exchange with the geographical conditions gave a fully original and unique result.

Valparaíso was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to "an exceptional testimony of the early phase of globalization in the late nineteenth century."

The project started as a way of addressing the real estate business, taking advantage of government incentives to generate investment and the subsidy DS40 - Interest Subsidy Territorial Title II, focused on the Urban Renewal in the area protected by UNESCO.

The new work is created through the merger of two lots, in an ageing area of the city, on top of the hill.

First, in a place where there is a former home of the 40 in difficult conditions without major structural and architectural value.

The second, a fallow site that breaks the continuous facade of the street.

The project's program are 17 apartments, parking lots and common area.

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It built the maximum extent permitted by rule, seeking higher returns, using the slope and rescuing the heritage value of the old houses, such as scale, materiality, the socket and the inner courtyard.

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Work: San Juan de Dios Apartments.
Location: Valparaiso, Chile.

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Architect: Duarte Architects (Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco Duarte)

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Project date: 2009 - 2010
Image: Juan Pablo Duarte

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Posted on Tuesday May 18th 2010 at 2:49 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Matthias

    An interesting building looking at the renderings.

    But it looks to me like the cost of construction per square foot of usable (sellable) space got totally out of control. Out of 17 apartments (~25 people on average?) you get 10 parking spaces, 13 stairs (if I got it right), lots of air in the sandwich, four elevations instead of two (exterior finishes).

    Gosh, I wonder what factors make this building competitive on Chilean housing market.

  • ryan

    beautiful. nice section

  • María Eugenia

    Realmente una idea muy novedosa y que le da al Cerro en Valparaiso una cara nueva y renovada, sin perder su encanto y arquitectura del lugar.

    Son arquitectos jovenes con muchas ideas y grandes proyectos.

  • J*

    For whoever never understood “gentrification” this is probably the best example… look at image no 3! Will local people be able to afford this? or will have to go away???

  • it looks accord with the other houses around it. I like

  • area

    i think it has nothing to do with the local character of valparaiso .. which is amazing.. where are all the colors of the city reflected in this building? by colors don’t understand only the facade painting.. this building has no vivacity in it .. it looks like a general industrial hall .. bad

  • Jack

    I think, need not have “colors” to be a good building to valparaiso, is more, fully rescues the proportions of the hill and the city. Very good project, congratulations to the Chilean architecture.

  • area

    how can u rescue the proportion of the hill? is it falling or something? anyway… u need to see the entire scenery to have an opinion about that .. of course u can put a high building onthe top of the hill and “exagerate” the natural characteristics .. that doesn’t mean u can put a tower on the hill of valparaiso ..
    anyway.. they should know what are they doing .. they are chilean no?

  • area

    i find it as a sad agression anyway :)