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.
Derco S.A. in Santiago, Chile by Guillermo Hevia H.
April 14th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Guillermo Hevia H.
A simple line architecture giving answers for two autonomous processes;, car predelivery and preparation and car spare parts distribution, incorporating latest technologies and bioclimate to the buildings.
The terrain (16 há) is a big esplanade for car parking, consisting of a big park as the central axis , with green and service areas forming differentiated entrances leading to the personnel service building and preceded by a water surface with a totem bearing the company logo. It is a simple architecture of closed big volumes, stainless steel color cut by horizontal window stripes looking like mobile lighting lines ,where red corporate color is determinant in the whole entirety both, day and night. Entrances have also sun and rain protection marquees.
Contrast is given by the main two storage building , a stone body closed at the base and transparent glassy at the second level. It is supported by a great plain roof with specific dimensions to control sun radiation , with an atrium in the east side, space with a porch made of double height columns and louvers in the upper part, which is the social recreation area and entrance to the dinning room through two staircases solutions raising in the space. In the west side, a corridor with a protection corbelled cover made of steel and glass strains the circulation space and toilet entrance located in the first floor.
Bioclimate for inner spaces is naturally conditioned air to improve life quality during day’s work. The system is highly expressed in the architecture of the building by means of brilliant aluminum pipes of different heights emerging from the ground. Rational use of technical and energetic resources are focused on saving, life quality and environmental protection.
Buildings incorporate geothermic technologies in all areas. Bioclimate for all spaces conditioning, using earth as thermal interchanger during in winter and summer. By introducing naturally conditioned air and generating steady interchanges per hour, constant temperatures between 18° and 24° can be achieved.
Sun radiation control in facades , use of natural zenithal lighting without using daily artificial lighting result in energy saving. A responsible architecture giving solution to the severe energetic crisis of the country.
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