I’ve tried for too long to avoid this topic, so I am just going to face it head on…and talk about this white elephant…well, um…OK, I’ll just come out and say it: Chile has a building that is built to look like a huge cellphone!
There, I’ve said it.
The building is called the Telefónica Chile building and it is one of the first world-class skyscrapers to appear in Santiago. For a while it was also the highest building in Chile, but currently it sits at fifth place with a height of 132m (32 floors).
I found some information about the structure on http://www.seismicae.com/proyectos/telefonica-chile-building/. From what I understand Seismicae were design consultants for the building.
Most buildings in Santiago has plaques or engravings showing who the building team was. If you are an architect and you designed a building (good or bad); it will have your name on it for the building’s lifetime.
I was brave enough to enter the cellphone and found a delightful (because it’s free) art gallery with a beautiful installation by the artist ‘Pommer’ exploring the symbolism of the bull (toro).
The cellphone building creates an interesting dilemma for me: I can hardly take a picture in Santiago, and there is the cellphone photo-bombing my photo in the background!