GSD alums win second prize in Chilean tower competition

Daniel Ibañez (MDesS ’12, DDes candidate) and Tomas Folch (MLA I ’12), in association with Rodrigo Rubio and Sofia Armanet, have recently received second prize in the international competition to build a telecommunication tower in Santiago de Chile. First prize went to a team led by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic.

The competition was promoted by the government of Chile to unite the existing telecommunication antennas on the summit of Cerro San Cristobal into a single iconic structure of architectural distinction. The solution proposed by the Folch-Ibañez-Rubio-Armanet team reinterpreted the most basic and widely used telecommunication antenna – tensed cables and compressed mast – enhancing the aesthetic dimension of cable structures as well as the potential for a new metropolitan public space. 

The project has been featured in Plataforma de la Arquitectura and Archdaily.