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Matta Sur

The Community Center + General Healthcare Clinic (CESFAM) Matta Sur, 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 and gives support to more than 30,000 users per year.

The project has consisted of establishing 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. Both buildings have a total built area of 5,500 sqm to serve the people.

This project is the result of a participatory and binding management model of municipal and community social organizations, the Municipal Health and Community Development Departments, both within the Municipality of Santiago.

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. Thanks to the work carried out, the Matta Sur Complex has been awarded the First Prize for Public Building (Built) at the Rethinking The Future Awards 2021.


First Prize for Best Intervention on a City and Historic Centers - Gubbio Awards 2021

Merit Award for Historic Preservation - AIA New York State Design Awards

First Award for Best Equipment Project or Mixed Use Building - PAU Aporte Urbano Awards 2021

1st Award Public Building (Built) - Rethinking The Future Awards 2021

First Award - Architectural Press Release Global Future Design Awards 2021

Honorable Mention-The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design


Place/Date: Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile, 2015 - 2021
Client: Ilustre Municipalidad de Santiago
Budget: € 8,580,305
Area: 5.500 m2
Architects: luis vidal + architects
Contributors: Cristian Shadd, COBE, José María Jimenez
Project Status: Built
Team: João Abreu - David Ávila - Bernat Burguera - Valentina Chisci - José Ignacio Comparini - Sebastián Cruz - Marta Cumellas - Juan Francisco Letelier - Arturo López-Bachiller - Carlos Maldonado - Concha Millán - Enrique Pérez - Patricia Plath - Raúl Rosado - Santiago Sánchez - Paola Seguel - Encarnación Serna - Gabriel Sgorbini - Óscar Torrejón - Italo Veas - Luis Vidal