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Santiago’s Striking Modern Architecture Will Knock You Off Your Feet

Santiago’s Striking Modern Architecture Will Knock You Off Your Feet

Strolling through the streets of Santiago, Chile, you’d never guess that much of the city was devastated in an earthquake that hit almost exactly one hundred years ago, on May 22, 1922. The damage was extensive and took years to rebuild and repair, but the effort paid off beautifully, as Santiago now offers some of the most striking modern architecture in Latin America, if not all of South America. Here are just a few of the highlights you should know about while planning your visit to the Chilean capital city.

Costanera Center

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The Costanera Center has some of Santiago’s largest skyscrapers. Some of Santiago’s most famous contemporary structures can be found in this corporate complex, including the 62-story Gran Torre Santiago skyscraper, a six-floor retail centre, and three other towers that house hotels and office buildings. The Universidad Catolica de Chile building is also situated here. Designed by the renowned architect César Pelli, it was completed in 2003 and provides student dormitories, classrooms and offices for more than 12,000 students.

Museum of Memory and Human Rights

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The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is the place to go if you want to examine more sober, understated specimens of modern architecture since skyscrapers aren’t really your thing. A team of Brazilian architects from the firm Estudio America created its spectacular glass and copper structure. It opened in 2005 and houses a permanent exhibition on human rights violations. It can be difficult for some visitors because it confronts the dark side of Chile’s recent history. Nonetheless, it’s a landmark building worth seeing while in Santiago.

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Santiago Bahá’í Temple

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Siamak Hariri, a Canadian architect, created the Santiago Bahá’ Temple, which has received several honours throughout the years. This Bahá’ place of worship has nine sides and is round. It has nine paths, nine fountains, and nine entrances. The sides are designed to mimic sails and are divided by glass to let light in. The symbol at the top is a lotus flower with 9 petals, each representing one of the world’s religions. The interior holds space for up to 1,500 people and uses modern technology for things like heating and cooling, ventilation, illumination and audio systems.

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