For the third year in a row OH! Stgo invites you to rediscover our city by visiting spaces of high architectural, engineering, environmental, urban or cultural value.
Next Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 111 spaces in 33 communes of Santiago will open their doors for free to invite you to learn, discuss and re-enchant with the city.
This year the version is inspired by the phrase of the British architect Norman Foster when he visited Chile in 1997: «the skyline of Santiago is its mountain range».
In this way, the emphasis will be to foster the encounter of people with the natural environment, and in particular with the island and mountain hills surrounding the city. In addition, the public will be able to know from first source the different processes of design, construction and operation of the city through guided tours by the authors themselves of outstanding works in architecture, engineering, public art and landscaping, among others Disciplines.
On the third weekend of October, it will be possible to visit different faces of the capital and explore places unknown to many citizens.
One of them is the Center for Nuclear Studies, which houses the first nuclear reactor built in Chile; climb the newly remodeled Metropolitan Cathedral Towers; know the Small Family Condos in Peñalolén a social housing project that offers a comprehensive solution to the housing deficit; enter the Hindustan Palace, a neoclassical palace now conditioned as an Indian cultural center; or go through how the works of a construction site are carried out on site, such as Santiago Airport, which this year will inaugurate a tour with virtual reality lenses to glimpse what the work will look like once finished.
The mountain spaces and hills islands will have a starring role this year: the Yerba Loca Nature Sanctuary and the Bridge Park will be offered in Lo Barnechea where children over 12 years can participate to see condors and know the flora of the place.
In addition, the Santiago Metropolitan Park, which is the largest urban park in South America, will have unpublished tours and will inaugurate the Paseo Metropolitano, a new pedestrian and cycling corridor that will connect 4 communes. In addition, Anglo American’s Quilapilun Explorer Park in Colina will provide the first Center for Research and Dissemination of Native Metropolitan Flora, in addition to the Quilapilún Photovoltaic Plant that operates in the sector.
Another of the interesting points of this third version, will be the approach that will be given to some places that will participate and that are open during the year, but that during OH! Stgo can be known from an architectural approach. This is the case of the Bahá’i Temple, where a conservatory of sacred architecture will be held; Cerro Santa Lucia, where a geological route will take place; or the National Center for Contemporary Art, where you can learn about the rehabilitation and conditioning of first level from the account of the architects authors of the project.
Another of the attractions of this version, will be the visit to the renowned social housing project Villa Antumalal by the award-winning architect Alejandro Aravena and his Elemental office; the construction of the second stage of The Tannic Building in Vitacura of the famous office + Architects; the enablement of the former catacombs of the National Institute, converted today into an extraordinary Extension Center or the Longovilo Satellite Station, where thanks to its antennae, Chile was the only country in the region that was able to live-transmit man’s arrival at The moon. Finally OH! Stgo will be part of the XXI Architecture Biennalo, so many of the selected works can be visited for free.
All the places will have free or guided tours, many of them led by prominent architects and architects such as Cazú Zegers, Lía Karmelic and Paula Velasco or by people linked to them, such as the social manager Doris González de Ukamau or Carlos Maillet, architect and national director of the National Cultural Heritage Service in the Monastery of the Benedictines.
Also CV Gallery in Vitacura will have a special tour of the architect Cristián Boza, the Campus Oriente Extension Center with Fernando Pérez, the Creative Campus of UNAB with Martín Schmidt, the Social Justice Housing Complex, with the architect and also Mayor of Recoleta, Daniel Jadue; the new library of Fundación La Fuente in Huemul neighborhood by Sebastián Irarrázaval and Adolfo Ibáñez University guided by José Cruz, National Architecture Award.
They will also receive about 300 volunteers, who were trained for the event thanks to the support of the National Youth Institute (INJUV). All activities are free of charge; some freely accessible and others that have limited quotas and require pre-registration, which will be done through OH’s social networks! Stgo.
Also and thanks to the support of the British Council, OH! Stgo has as an international guest the visual artist and British designer Morag Myerscough, who will give a masterful talk for the release of OH! Stgo and will participate in various activities during the weekend. Myerscough works by transforming spaces from color and word, creating environments that are inspired by the joy and sense of belonging of its users, and that stand out for their particular visual style. His work has received numerous awards in the United Kingdom and has been published worldwide in magazines and catalogues.