Alberto Hurtado University
The Universidad Alberto Hurtado Campus is located in a historic neighborhood in downtown Santiago and is composed of more than 30 houses of important architectural value which date back to the early twentieth century.
In addition to supporting the University’s courtyard rehabilitation project, Fundación Mar Adentro and Fundación Cosmos Foundation supported a global project that sought to renovate and revalue this patrimonial campus from an academic, intellectual, and architectural point of view, which took place during 2014 and the summer of 2015. The architectural heritage of the University is composed of more than thirty houses built in the early twentieth century in the neighborhoods of Yungay and Brasil, sites that have been declared areas of historic conservation.
- The project was conceived with the goal of reinforcing the concept of a “patrimonial campus”, realized through the connection of its interior courtyards which provide safe, outdoor meeting spaces for the entire UAH community. The courtyards were connected through the implementation of a landscape design, recovery of the interior façades of the campus, and installation of outdoor furniture.
The project was developed in three stages:
1. Design and implementation of the connectivity courtyard
This patio internally connects the main common areas of the University, focused on the area comprised of Almirante Barroso, Erasmo Escala, Cienfuegos, and Alameda streets. The design and its application emphasized the implementation of gathering areas for students and the academic community.
2. Landscape design project
A landscape design was developed by designer Angélica Montes under the following principles:
- To respect the existing planted trees.
- Generate an amplified view of the space and facilitate circulation.
- Create a colorful landscape during the entire studying period, i.e. a landscape design specifically designed for autumn, winter and spring.
- Utilizar especies de fácil mantención, arbustos que casi no requieran podas, que no se contagien fácilmente de enfermedades ni plagas y que fueran de bajo requerimiento hídrico.
- Use easy-to-maintain species, shrubs that require little pruning, that have a low susceptibility to disease and/or pests, and that require little to no water.
- Solid concrete pots were created for the trees and plants for as to create a unity in design, color, texture and size in the new infrastructure for the courtyard.
- In addition to landscaping, outdoor furniture such as tables and benches were implemented to provide with resting and meeting spaces for the community.
3. Restoration of façades
Once the implementation of the courtyard was concluded, the work continued onto the restoration of the façades that face the interior courtyard of each house and building that compose the campus.
This project began in January of 2015 and included the recovery of the interior façades’ stucco and paint; recovery of noble materials of the original construction of some facades, such as masonry, structural elements of wood and steel, cleaning stone walls, stucco adobe, etc .; cladding of exterior floors and balustrades in some courtyard accesses; and the renovation of some of the roofs.
Many paint samples were tested in order to find the correct tone, one that maintained the general visual signature that characterizes the campus yet also creating a particular identity for each faculty.
In this context the foundations collaborated in the repair and restoration of the façades facing the interior courtyards and in the connection of these through landscaping and outdoor furniture implementation; to embellish these public spaces to transform the campus into a better place for creative thinking; implementation of a UAH heritage communicational strategy, which included the creation of a website; in the organization of a photography and writing contest about the UAH heritage; and the organization of the meeting “Everything around us” with prominent national scientist, Alfredo Zolezzi, which invited 120 students and academics from the University to participate in a reflection on the importance of creating new actions that support a change that focuses on the way we relate with our surroundings.
For further information about the patrimonial campus of UAH, you may visit the following website www.patrimonio.uahurtado.cl or link to read through the book Campus en el Centro Histórico, la UAH y sus Casas Patrimoniales (A Campus in the Historic Downtown, UAH and its Patrimonial Houses) where you are invited to take a virtual tour that portrays important milestones that constitute this arquitectural heritage and the importance of this historic neighborhood located between Alameda and Cienfuegos, Erasmo Escala and Almirante Barroso streets.