INIA Intihuasi Seed Bank, Vicuña

A laboratory for the future
Degraded Urban Soils
Soil Fixers
Improves urban life
Post natural disasters
After anthropic fires


In the town of Vicuña, in the Elqui Valley, the Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) built a Seed Bank in 1990 with the aim of collecting and researching species that could improve the country´s agriculture. However, since 2001, its mission changed, focusing on the conservation of Chilean native flora. With the support of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, United Kingdom, it initiated a program to collect and preserve seeds from Chilean plan species, particularly endemic and threatened species from arid and semi-arid areas of the country. Since then, billions of seeds from the country´s native flora have been collected and conserved. In its vault, at -20ºC and 15% relative humidity, the future of a country is being safeguarded today.

Project File

  • Arquitect

    Juan Horacio Sotomayor Soler

  • Area

    325 m2

  • Client

    Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA)


Germplasm Bank, INIA Intihuasi Substation, Vicuña, Coquimbo Region
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