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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Chilexpress in Santiago, Chile by Guillermo Hevia

 
April 11th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Guillermo Hevia

Two volumes with different  program, format  and  materiality are articulated by a social meeting space contained by the buildings of this courier company. Analogy of code bars and the use of corporate colors are  expressed as light, color and transparencies  lines

An horizontal three stories offices  building made of reinforced concrete at sight , coated with glass curtain walls, looking as a suspended skin which changes according to daylight and the observation point. At night, it becomes a lighted surface that seems to float in darkness.

Chilexpress

  • Architects: Guillermo Hevia
  • Project: Chilexpress
  • Location: Av. J. J. Pérez 1376, Parque ENEA,  Santiago   (R.M.)
  • Category: Corporate Building
  • Collaborators: Francisco Carrión G, Marcela Suazo M.
  • Technical Collaborators: Alfonso Pacheco, DE MUSSY  Ltda., INVAL Ltda., HUNTER DOUGLAS, GLASSTECH S.A., OPENDARK  S.A., ATIKA  S.A., TAZ  S.A.
  • Area Surface: 12.000 m2
  • Total Building Surface: 7.200  M2
  • Year: 2005
  • Building Materials: Reinforced concrete at sight, steel and glass ( curtain walls serigraphiated and indoors offices fronts) Metallic beams and trusses. Covers and linings of metallic  pre fabricated stainless steel  panels, with inner polyurethane isolation. Reinforced concrete floor, concrete walls.  Shear articulated gates.
  • Software used: Autocad, 3dmax, Cinema4D + Vray and TAS for bioclimatic evaluation

Chilexpress

Glasses are replaced at west by drilled metallic panels allowing sun radiation screening but without losing inside transparencies. Contrasting, the production area is a closed volume containing a big inner space where automatic selection  and dispatch systems are located. Façade textures , wavy metallic panels stainless steel colored with inner isolation show a typology of  all heights  windows imitating a bar code image allowing natural lighting and the surrounding environment perception from indoors. At night, they become light stripes generating presence at distance.

Chilexpress

Both building bodies shape an empty space denominated “ meeting square” which becomes a social meeting point, the main space, the pause during the labor activity.

Technical and aesthetic sense rules the design of the second skins. These plans, separated from the building walls generate  a natural vertical air circulation and constitute the  thermic barrier of facades (Venturi effect). This play of glazed  and transparent glass stripes, with alternated perpendicular   glasses serigraphiated  in the yellow corporate color produce a rhythm which gives movement, bright, luminosity and transparency to facades. From a  foreshortening view, they form a color veil.

Chilexpress

Ecological   Features

Suspended design of second skins and separated plans of  the building walls generate pressure changes. Warming of glasses and perforated metal plates screen light, as well as temperature, and because of the  separation between them, produce a  perfect multiple ventilation during warm months ( 70% of the year).

Natural daylight is fully used with the  controlled lighting of windows and zenithal lighting.

Energetic saving is considerable ( environmental light and air)

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Categories: 3dS Max, Autocad, Building, Cinema 4D, Offices, V-Ray

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