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Yungay Lofts: if IKEA Designed Lofts

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Rearquitectura have created the Yungay lofts in a South American port city with an interesting past.

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The lofts are set near the ocean in Valparaíso, Chile, one of the largest Chilean ports in the Pacific Ocean.

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Valparaíso bay was originally populated by Indians; the agricultural Picunches and the nomadic Changos who fished along the coast.

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Then it was settled by the Spanish, but it remained provincial.

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Next came the Swiss, German, French, Italian and English immigrants and the little port town grew rapidly.

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This Northern European influence is what is reflected in these cheerful and colorful lofts.

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If IKEA designed apartments, surely this is what they would look like.

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The building contains 20 lofts, and 11 of these are three-story lofts, each one with a roof-top terrace and a wide view towards the ocean.

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The interiors are spartan and democratic.

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Sited on the winding hilly streets of Valparaíso, the lofts also reflect the colonial past of an isolated port town.

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At one time, sailors sauntered down these old roads to the sea.

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Through the 19th century, Valparaíso was a major stopover for ships traveling between the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans through the Straits of Magellan.

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Following the slope of the hill, its central corridors have a series of short steps up.

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Looking out from the IKEA-like interior, the older Spanish influence is glimpsed across the way.

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Lofts Yungay II is a little slice of Northern Europe in South America.

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