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Diego Portales University in Chile by Rafael Hevia, Rodrigo Duque Motta and Gabriela Manz

Harking back to the glory days of Brutalism, a new campus revels in the possibilities of concrete

A new campus situated in Huechuraba, a conurbation within Greater Santiago, accommodates the economics and business faculty of Diego Portales University. Designed by Rafael Hevia, Rodrigo Duque Motta and Gabriela Manzi, the buildings hark back - as only South American architecture does today - to the glory days of Brutalism, revelling in the possibilities of concrete without, however, wallowing in mere nostalgia. The facilities are divided between one long rectilinear block of classrooms for undergraduates and another cuboid form for graduates and administrators, the latter perched on uneven legs and pierced by square apertures. The two are linked at ground level by a low terraced podium of shared facilities - the library, café and auditorium - from which the admin block steps down into the valley.

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