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Consorcio – Chile Office Building : Enrique Browne Arquitectos

Contemporary Office Building in Chile, South America

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Consorcio Santiago Offices

Date built: 1993

Design: Enrique Browne and Borja Huidobro

Photographs : Luis Poirot and Guy Wenborne

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Consorcio Santiago Office Building


The site is bordered by Avenida El Bosque and also by two small streets. But its virtual limit to the South is Av. Tobalaba which crosses diagonally the area along with Canal San Carlos.

The project involves two long volumes that create a gallery which contains access. A volume attached to the neighbor house has three levels, while the main volume has 17 levels and 75 meters long. This volume is bent at its west facade to align with the axes of El Bosque and Tobalaba. The acute angle that is produced serves as a symbolic beginning of Av. El Bosque.

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The building was divided vertically, leaving the lower floors to Consorcio Company and the fourteen others to rent. Both areas have independent access and vertical circulations. The entrances are at the end of the gallery. For Consorcio the entrance is to the South, while the offices to rent have their access to the North, on the second level. This area forms a balcony to the first, leaving both areas visually linked.

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The treatment of the facades deserves special attention. A western facade in Santiago produces serious heat problems during the summer. Therefore, the building was worked with technical and natural resources, producing a double facade: an inner with curtain wall and an outer with vegetation. This “double vegetal facade” reduces the solar absorption. In addition it transforms the building into a vertical garden of about 2,700 sqm, equivalent to the gardens of the houses that were in place. Metaphorically the existent green rises vertically. This vegetation cheers up the building and gives a changing look during the different seasons. The two higher levels of the building are protected by a large metal visor that tops off the building and protects the upper level.

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Consorcio Santiago Offices – Building Information

Architects: Enrique Browne and Borja Huidobro
Associated Architect: Ricardo Judson
Collaborator: Rodrigo Iturriaga
Landscape: Juan Grim, Maria Angela Schade
Photographer: Luis Poirot and Guy Wenborne
Built Area: 26,720 sqm
Land Area: 3,781 sqm
Year: 1990-93

Consorcio Santiago Offices – Awards

– 1st Prize, X Architecture Biennale of Chile, 1995
– BEST WORK of the decade 1990 in Chile (Vivienda y Decoración Magazine)
– Best buildings of the past 30 years in Chile (El Mercurio 2002)
– Finalist Mies Van der Rohe Prize. Barcelona 1998
– Finalist. Prize I Biennale for Latin American Architecture and Engineering. Madrid, Spain, 1998

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