IMPORTANT CULTURAL BUILDINGS IN SANTIAGO ARE RESTORED BY KALAM’S PROFESSIONALS IN CHILE
Our team is involved in the work on three emblematic institutional buildings in the city of Santiago.
On the one hand, Kalam is working to recover the emblematic Palacio Pereira, located in the heart of the city, which will become the permanent headquarters of the DIBAM (Department of Libraries, Archives and Museums) and the Council of National Monuments. This building, by the well known architect, Lucien Ambroise Henault, has an area of 2,000 m2. Its masonry structure is distributed over two floors. It was declared an Historic monument in 1981 and, despite being abandoned, still has important remnants of its original decorations in its interior. In 2012, an international competition was held for the rehabilitation of the building, and the team formed by the Chilean architects, Cecilia Puga, paula Velasco and Alberto Moletto was chosen as the winner. In the following video, the architects explain their feelings and intentions with the Palace restoration project.
Also for DIBAM, two projects were carried out in buildings important to Santiago. One of them will clean and restore the facades of the Fine Arts Museum whose walls were very deteriorated from contamination and other aging factors. In addition, the first stages of the intervention on the National Library Building are carried out to recover and restore its large skylights, including the dome that crowns the main facade and illuminates the Bicentennial Hall. Both buildings are National Monuments and offer a clear example of the influence of French neoclassicism on Chilean monumental architecture.