Las Piedras del Cielo is located in Ritoque, Chile, in the site of the Open City, a project run by the Corporación
Amereida and the School of Architecture and Design of the Catholic University of Valparaiso, which for fifty years
has been constructing a town which now houses many of the school’s staff and contains a church, cementery and
many public spaces and facilities. ‘Las Piedrad del Cielo’ serves the purpose of food preparation, outdoor dining
and nature observation. A ondulating timber deck provides sitting and reclining surfaces around a centrally
located firepace. A small enclosed space provides facilities for food preparation and storage. A light membrane
system shades and shelters users from the sun and wind. The membrane system is exposed to gale-force winds
during the winter season which subject the steel supporting members to varying compression and tension forces.
This required careful analysis of wind flows, material resistance, and detailing. Especially challenging was the
design of the foundations on sand, which had to sustain dynamic forces in both compression and tension.
For website see : http://scl33.aho.no/las-piedras-del-cielo/
For construction timelapse see: http://vimeo.com/42520337
scs: las piedras del cielo
STUDENTS: Design Team: Kazin Al Beyboni, Katarina Sæbø Dale, Line MARI Haugland, Kjersti Lindheim, John-Roe
Luna, Erik Matzow, Mari Beata Nastad Heum, Thomas Notland, Rikke Christine Nyrud, Robin Rakke, Bjarte Stav
Construction Team: Kazin Al Beyboni, Katarina Sæbø Dale, Line Mari Haugland, Kjersti Lindheim, John-Roe Luna,
Erik Matzow, Mari Beata Nastad Heum, Thomas Notland, Rikke Christine Nyrud, Robin Rakke, Bjarte Stav,
Valentina Bernales, Maria Belen Reed, Claudia Cavaleiro, Camilla Corces, Lars Egge, Isabel Klahn, Juan Rose Rojas,
Monteserrat Rojas, Tuva Skaret, Catalina Tapia, Regina Weber, Paulina Valdivia, Nicolas Vallejos, Paula Yanez.
Staff: Michael Hensel, Christian Hermansen, Solveig Sandness.
Collaborators: e[ad] Escuela De Arquitectura y Diseño - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso; CFD Analysis:
Studio Integrate, London.
Client: CCA - Corporación Cultural Amereida
Sponsors: The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, RCAT - Research CENTRE for Architecture and Tectonics @
AHO, HERA-EU Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment.
Endorsements: Endorsed by the Embassy of Chile in NORWAY
Awards: Winner of the Multi-disciplinary and Innovative Work AWARD 2012 (Asplanviak / Arkitekturverkstedet);
Final 20, RIBA Silver Medal 2012.