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The Matta Sur complex in Santiago wins the First Prize for Public Building at the RTF Awards 2021

The Community Center + General Healthcare Clinic (CESFAM) Matta Sur, designed and renovated by luis vidal + architects and located in the heart of the capital of Chile, has just won the First Prize in the international Rethinking The Future Awards 2021 in the category of Public Building (Built).

After 120 years of its original construction, what was once the Metropolitan Lyceum for adults of Santiago, a school dedicated to public education, formerly the Metropolitan Lyceum of Santiago, has been converted into a two-building center (the restored building and a new-build construction) that hosts health and community services. Santiago recovers an emblematic place of profound importance for the identity of the neighborhood in which it is located, Matta Sur, and adds a new public health center to the Chilean primary care network.

Both buildings have a total built area of 5,500 sqm to serve the people. "We have put all our effort, passion and knowledge at the service of this project that will be enjoyed by more than 30,000 users and that has the vocation of becoming a legacy for citizens" says Luis Vidal, president and founder of luis vidal + architects.

The main objective of the practice throughout the development and execution of the project has been to establish a dialogue between the historic building and the new one, respecting and valuing traditional architecture, while also rejuvenating and promoting the community spirit, through the creation of a public square that articulates both buildings and serves as the heart of the project.

luis vidal + architects takes advantage of this unique opportunity to create an iconic space in the city where social encounters, clinical care, health education and the promotion of preventative health care merge. The design of Matta Sur supposes the union of the past, present and future in a way that combines modernity and tradition, technology and sustainability through elements such as wood and light.