Deconstructing Architecture into Public Space

Deconstructing Architecture into Public Space

Public space in Santiago de Chile is scarce. Thus it is all the more striking that Ochagavia Hospital, a site covering 100,000 m2, has remained unused for over 40 years. The potential for the community is vast, believes Manuel Toledo Otaegui. In his project Deconstructing Architecture into Public Space, he designed an ‘architectural intervention’ for the building to engage and benefit the entire community. ‘Now it’s an inaccessible wasteland and a no-go zone where even children don’t want to play,’ he explains. In his vision, the building reconnects with the surroundings and incorporates numerous sports and cultural facilities currently lacking in the area.

Manuel José Toledo Otaegui

Photo by Vincent van Gurp