Jolly Division

architect Alejandro Aravena, Alfonso Montero, Charles Murray, Ricardo Torrejón
project Siamese Towers, San Joaquin Campus, Santiago, Chile
written by Patricio Mardones Hiche


Right under the sun of the dry, Mediterranean weather of the Chilean capital Santiago, in the middle of a large campus park, stand the new facilities of the digital research department of the Catholic University of Chile. The building comprises student halls, auditoria, classrooms, a cafeteria and a series of offices for the people in charge of the whole of the university’s digital affairs; according to the client’s request to the architect, Alejandro Aravena, it should be a clear technological statement and a sign of the modern times that have arrived on campus: hopefully a slim, glazed tower.