The colonial city of Valparaíso represents a perfect example of urban and architectural development in Latin America during the 19th century. In an unrivalled natural setting, the streets adapt sinuously to the topography, creating interesting perspectives and corners that contrast with the grid planning applied to the flat areas of the city. Some elements of the first industrial era are especially well preserved, such as the numerous elevators, or funiculars, that connect its steep hills.
Kalam’s local team of professionals are involved in the comprehensive rehabilitation of the University Museum of Engravings, located in the historic district, which will house one of the largest collections of this artistic discipline in Chile. They are working on its complete wooden structure, with reinforcements and crack repairs; all with the maximum respect to the style and original construction methods, that is required by a property located within this Heritage site. We are also working on the Monjas elevator, which in spite of being on the edge of the protected area, also shares the typical construction features of the city’s industrial masterpieces and requires an intervention with the utmost thoroughness and delicacy.