Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Atacama Desert and the Paci¿c Coast: even today the apperception of Chile remains remote and indistinct. There is no doubt that its geographical location - confined between the Paci¿c Ocean and the Andes mountain range - has had a role to play in the relative nescience, although it was the former political situation that led to the country's isolation for almost twenty years. In fact, it is only in these last ¿fteen years that Chilean architecture has appeared on the international stage, mostly owing to Mathias Klotz, Alejandro Aravena, Smiljan Radic and Pezo von Ellrichsausen, amongst others. Chile can take pride in having built some genuine Modern masterpieces whilst having preserved a close relationship with its culture. During the twentieth century Europe provided Chile with sources of inspiration. Le Corbusier had a great in¿uence on Chilean architects despite never having visited the country; his followers, such as Emilio Duhart, Roberto Dávila and the BVCH of¿ce, realised buildings which are today internalised deep in the Chilean psyche. The Bauhaus movement served as another in¿uence for architects such as Sergio Larraín. Overall, this book aims to be a practical reference source of the best architectural works of the twentieth and twenty-¿ rst centuries in Chile. von Hours, Veronique
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Véronique Hours is a Canadian and French architect. In 2008 she co-founded A.P.ARTs., an association that promotes interdisciplinary creation between architecture, landscape and art. She is a co-author and curator of the book and exhibition Japon, l'archipel de la maison shown in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Japan. After two years in Santiago, she now lives in France and works as an architect and graphic designer.