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Item Details
Public
Available to everyone
Culture
Chilean
Title
Museum of the Atacama Desert (Huanchaca Ruins Museum)
View of entrance with rock garden
Exterior
Work Type
museums
Date
2009
Image: December 16, 2018
Location
Av. Angamos 1307, Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Región de Antofagasta, Chile
Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile
Latitude: 23.686 S
Longitude: 70.413 W
Material
stone (original ruins), concrete, steel, and glass (new construction)
Period
Nineteenth-century & contemporary
Description
Commentary: Built at the end of the nineteenth century, the Huanchaca silver foundry (originally known as Establecimiento Industrial Playa Blanca) remained in production only until 1902. At its peak, the foundry employed more than 1000 people, and its operation can be credited with the expansion of important infrastructure around Antofagasta. The ruins of the plant were listed as a national monument in 1974, and in 2009, a museum devoted to the culture and nature of the Atacama Desert was built following the plans of Coz, Polidura & Volante Arquitectos. In order to preserve the striking sightlines around the ruins in an outlying area of Antofagasta, the architects created a series of rampart rooms partially buried into the hillside in front of the archaeological site. Mural artwork on the exterior commemorates the the nitrate (or saltpeter) mining heritage of the Atacama.
Source
Contributor: Sarah Rovang
Information: “RUINAS DE LA FUNDICIÓN DE METALES DE HUANCHACA,” Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales, accessed April 10, 2019, http://www.monumentos.cl/monumentos/monumentos-historicos/ruinas-fundicion-metales-huanchaca and “Museum of the Atacama Desert,” ArchDaily, August 22, 2013, https://www.archdaily.com/418650/museum-of-the-atacama-desert-coz-polidura-and-volante-arquitectos
Photographer: Sarah Rovang
Historic Designation
National
Rights
Sarah Rovang, 2018
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1216SKR2019_05.jpg
SSID
24719806

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