ELEMENTAL is a Do Tank founded in 2001, led by Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena and partners Gonzalo Arteaga, Juan Cerda, Victor Oddó and Diego Torres. Their work stands out for engaging in projects that range from housing to public space, from objects to buildings, covering a wide spectrum of interests. Their unbiased approach to a given question enables the office to enter fields they have not explored before, generating an original contribution to people’s quality of life. One of the firm’s hallmarks is the participatory design process in which the architects work closely with the client and final users. In the development of complex initiatives, which require coordination of multiple stakeholders, ELEMENTAL contributes for the innovation and quality of design.
The studio has received the Silver Lion for Housing Projects at Venice Architecture Biennale (2008), Marcus Corporation Foundation Prize for Trajectory (2009), the Brit Insurance Design Award in Architecture Category (2010), the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction-Silver Medal for PRES Constitución (2011), the 1st Prize of Zumtobel Group Award Urban Developments & Initiatives (2014), the London’s Design Museum Design of the Year Award (2015) and the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development (2017). ELEMENTAL keeps on developing projects seeking to contribute towards new fields of discourse.