CLOISTER TYPOLOGY AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR URBAN REINSERTION
Universidad Diego Portales
Santiago is a city that houses a large number of religious orders in its urban pattern. This type of property (convents and monasteries), that respond to pasts logics, are now in a process of obsolescence mainly because of two reasons: its urban incongruity, which turns them into cloisters inside the city, and its programmatic obsolescence in relation to the size of the estate, explained by the low number of religious vocations nowadays.
The specific place chosen to address this problem was the "Monasterio de Las Agustinas". This property has a great value, mainly because of two characteristics: its German Neo-Romanesque style, and its typology, which translates into a series of courtyards surrounded by continuous corridors. This typology presents a great opportunity for urban and programmatic reintegration.
The objective of this project is to open the block towards the city, which houses an extremely hermetic building that, given its initial design, does not seek to be part of a constantly changing urban context. Following this criteria, the plan is to maintain as they are the German Neo-Romanesque sector of the monastery, along with the church, considering that they still function (with a low number of nuns), despite its impending obsolescence.
The rest of the monastery, built in adobe, is planned to be modified, always trying to respect and enhance the typology of the property. The challenge will be the act of trying to integrate the typology of the convent with the existing urban pattern.
The main operation to open the block is the integration of two new volumes located at strategic points of access, both taking shape thanks to the typology of the property. These will fulfill the role of connectors of the urban exterior with the interior of the monastery.