heart" of the building. An empty space that runs through a set of double and triple heights. It also has exterior squares or terraces, which are interspersed to allow circulation, recognition of the interior functional complexity and the necessary link with the natural environment of the commune.
Just like the use of the subsoil is important in this building, so is the use of the roofs, creating expansion terraces on the fourth floor and on the upper level. The building is separated into two volumes from the fourth level, intending to generate a public square in height, that divides the functions of the different municipal departments. These are connected with external bridges, allowing to recognize the environment from different fields and perspectives.
Constructively, the building has been entirely solved in a reinforced concrete structure, with incorporated titanium dioxide, an element that allows the concrete to be whitewashed, that helps, like trees, eliminating toxic gases produced by vehicles.
CitySANTIAGO DEL CILE
ClientLO BARNECHEA MUNICIPALITY
Gross Floor Area (mq)15920
ArchitectsGONZALO MARDONES V.
Design teamGONZALO MARDONES V. GONZALO MARDONES F. MARIA JESUS MARDONES F. LUIS MORALES G. EMILIO URSIC M. CLAUDIO QUEZADA F. MANUEL FUENTES R. CLAUDIO CARRASCO F. FRANCISCO VALDES D. LUCA GARNERONE EMANUEL ASTETE B. SOLEDAD FLORES B. ESTEBAN MARTINEZ B. RODRIGO VEGA A. VICTOR NUÑEZ B.
Main ContractorPROYECTA CONSTRUCTORA
ConsultantsRUIZ Y SAAVEDRA (engineering) PAULINA SIR (light designing) ENRIQUE CONCHA (interior designing) BAU (technical inspection)
SuppliersVICENTE GAJARDO (sculptures) GLASSTECH (glass and windows)
Photo CreditsNICO SAIEH FRANCISCO VALDES ANDRES GOÑI
Curriculum studio / partecipanteHe gets his degree as architect from the Universidad Catolica de Chile, where he graduates with the Maximum Honors. He receives the First Prize in the Architecture Biennale, for the best degree project among all the Architectural Schools in Chile. He has been a professor of architectural design workshops and directed degree projects in several Chilean Faculties of Architecture and abroad.
He is a Member of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile and a Founding Member of AOA “Association of Architectural Practices”, Chile.
In 2016 received the Honorary Fellowship of the AIA American Institute of Architects.
During the last years Mardones had lectures in Chile, Spain, Germany, Guatemala, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, USA and others.
His work has been published by the main architectural magazines in America, Europe and Asia. 4 monographs were dedicated to Mardones works (2 in Argentina and 2 in Chile).
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