Formed in 2005 in Santiago, Chile, by architect Nicola del Rio and Max Núñez, dRN Architects has an impressive portfolio where the forms and materials are very well thought out, showing a unique sensitivity in the insertion of its projects.

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Nicolás del Rio was born in 1975, studied at the Universidad Catolica de Chile where he received his diploma in 2001, two years before he studied at Politecnico di Milano in Italy. From 2005 to 2009, del Rio has taught Design Studio at Univesidad Adresa Bello in Santiago, completing his studies he received his degree in Sustainable Design at the University of Oxford Brooks in England.

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Mountain Refuge Chalet C7, Los Andes, Chile. photo @ Max Núñez, Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
Mountain Refuge Chalet C7, Los Andes, Chile. photo @ Max Núñez, Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
Mountain Refuge Chalet C7, Los Andes, Chile. photo @ Max Núñez, Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
Mountain Refuge Chalet C7, Los Andes, Chile. photo @ Max Núñez, Felipe Camus

Max Núñez, born in 1976 also studied at Universidad Catolica de Chile, receiving his master's degree in 2004. He also studied at Politecnico di Milano, and in 2010 received his Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York, where he received Lowerfish Memorial Prize, the William Ware Prize for Excellence in Design and Samuel Kaplan Traveling Fellowship. In 2005, Nicolas del Rio and Max Núñez established the DRN Architect offices in Santiago, Chile.

House on the Road to Farellones, Las Condes, Chile

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photo @ James Silvermann, Max Núñez

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ James Silvermann, Max Núñez

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ James Silvermann, Max Núñez

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ James Silvermann, Max Núñez

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ James Silvermann, Max Núñez

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ James Silvermann, Max Núñez

Beach House at Cerro Tacna, Maitencillo, Chile

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photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Felipe Camus

Mountain Refuge Los Canteros, Las Condes, Chile

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photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Felipe Camus

Skibox Portillo, Los Andes, Chile

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photo @ Max Núñez, Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Max Núñez, Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Max Núñez, Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Max Núñez, Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Max Núñez, Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Max Núñez, Felipe Camus

Mountain Refuge Chalet C6, Los Andes, Chile

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Max Núñez

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Max Núñez

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Max Núñez

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Max Núñez

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Max Núñez

Pavillon at Calera de Tango, Chile

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photo @ Bernardo Valdés, Alberto Brown

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Bernardo Valdés, Alberto Brown

Bar Constitución, Santiago, Chile

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photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Felipe Camus

La Baronia House, Quinteros, Chile

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photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Los Molles House, Cachagua, Chile

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photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Felipe Camus

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

House at Punta Chilen, Chiloe, Chile

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photo @ Tomás Müller

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Tomás Müller

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Tomás Müller

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

Architect Day: dRN Architects
photo @ Sergio Pirrone

About the author of this post

My name is Marcelo Seferin, I’m an architect from Porto Alegre, Brazil and I’m the chief architect at Seferin Arquitetura, an office that works with architecture, interior design and sustainability projects.