Studio CL, Chile: Wallpaper* 2022 Architects Directory

Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory is our annual roundup of exciting emerging architecture studios. Meet Studio CL from Chile, part of our 2022 listing, and explore their boutique apartment building in Santiago

Daniel Lazo and Gabriel Cáceres and their Chile-based studio join the Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory 2022, our annual list of exciting emerging practices from around the world. The partners enjoy exploring materials and spatial approaches that enhance urban living, and their DSP residential building in Santiago is a key example.

Who: Studio CL

Chile’s Studio CL was founded in 2012 by architects and friends Daniel Lazo and Gabriel Cáceres. “We approach design as an editing process: a search for the essential elements involved in communicating an idea, from conceptual to technical,” they state. “It involves constant revision and the excision of the superfluous. We aim not only for our design solutions to look simple, but also for them to be simple in their manufacture. We look for elegant solutions that achieve multiple goals in one move. Our pursuit is a raw, abstract quality of design, a kind of nudity.

The duo work on a variety of projects, but housing holds a special place in their hearts. Working with urban plots is also an area of ​​interest; they enjoy taking on the challenges of city life and see architecture as a tool to shape and enhance city life. Their recent work for innovative developer Ochoalcubo – DSP Residential Building (pictured) – is a key example. The design of public spaces is another area in which Studio CL strives to excel, using Santiago as a case study: the city is going through an accelerated process of change without a clear model for the city it wants to be, but with plenty of room for improvement. As a by-product, our work is not tied to any specific architectural scale or niche,” they say.

What: DSP residential building

Located in the Chilean capital, Santiago, in a once-neglected part of downtown called Barrio Italia, DSP, a boutique apartment building, offers a compact and sustainable multi-family housing model. The neighborhood in which it is located has experienced intense urban development in recent years, providing both challenges and opportunities for architects, developers and residents. “Along with the positive outcomes – such as the re-appreciation of public space and city life – rising house prices and rents are making it increasingly difficult for new city dwellers to find housing, while practices urban development predators threaten to erase the very character that brought them to these neighborhoods in the first place,” the architects state.

In response to these conditions, Studio CL created DSP for the design-led real estate project Ochoalcubo, which is behind a series of spectacular architect-led villas on the Chilean coast ragged by studios such as Elemental and Ryue Nishizawa. The new building, surgically installed in a plot that was once occupied by a single house, is “an exercise in micro-density”, the team explains. It contains three apartments of different sizes, arranged around a central core of circulation – a steel sheet staircase painted in bright blue. And while the main structure is precast concrete, the exterior of the building is wrapped in a delicate veil of aluminum that covers both the front and rear facades, providing shade and privacy from the street. .

Why: Directory of Architects 2022

Conceived in 2000 as an international index of emerging architectural talent, the Wallpaper* Architects’ Directory is our annual list of promising practices from around the world. While always championing the best and most promising young studios, over the years the project has presented inspiring work with a focus on the residential realm. Now counting more than 500 graduates, the Directory of Architects is back for its 22nd edition. Join us as we launch this year’s survey – 20 young studios from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, Paraguay, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam with lots of promise, ideas and exciting architecture.