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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.

Logistics and distribution center “Farmacias Ahumada S.A” in Comuna de Pudahuel, Chile by Guillermo Hevia

April 21st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal



The architecture of the new  Distribution Centre of “Farmacias Ahumada·  looks for solutions  for the distribution and handling of pharmaceutical products, incorporating the latest operational technologies and Bioclimate

It is a simple, categorical and simple architecture in harmony with the natural environment. The building is located in the periphery of the city of Santiago, in a new  urban area  in development.

Images Courtesy Juan Purcell

  • Architect: Guillermo Hevia- GH + A
  • Name of Project: Logistics and distribution center “Farmacias Ahumada S.A”
  • Location: Calle Los Vientos Nº 19.867 Street, Ciudad de Los Valles, Comuna de Pudahuel, Santiago R.M., Chile
  • Owner: Farmacias Ahumada S.A
  • Collaborators: Cristian Pino Infante, Marcela Suazo M., Francisco Carrión G.
  • Photography: Juan Purcell, Guillermo Hevia
  • Software used: Autocad, Rhino, Cinema4D for rendering, and edited in PSD

Images Courtesy Juan Purcell

  • Structural calculation: ALPA Ingenieros Ltda. – Alfonso Pacheco C.
  • Logistic and process: MIEBACH – Chile y D.L.I. Fasa
  • Bioclimate: BIOTECH-Chile Cons. Ltda., Jorge Ramírez
  • Outer linings: Hunter Douglas – Chile
  • Glasses and aluminums: GLASSTECH S.A.
  • Lighting: OPENDARK S.A.
  • Area Surface: 70.000 M2
  • Building area: 24.000 M2
  • Materials: Concrete, pre painted metallic linings, inner isolating plain panels concrete and steel structure, transparent  template glasses with blue serigraphy

Images Courtesy Juan Purcell

Alternate sets of windows give movement to façade and also show different readings of the corporative image of the company. During the day, the building looks like a closed metallic body with drawings of slight horizontal windows which at night  become lines of light, floating in darkness.. Windows eliminate perception of confinement, improving  labour quality.

A container of low transmission coefficient for  wrapping was designed to  achieve  saving and rational use of the energetic and technical resources, to improve life quality and environmental protection.  A skin formed of several elements performing different functions keeps protected from  solar energy and takes out hot air in  a thermosiphon  way,   to let back isolation to  carry out its functions in a very efficient way.

Images Courtesy Guillermo Hevia

During winter and summer earth   is usd as a  thermic conditioner and  through fans ( the only mechanical elements)  air is introduced into underground pipes where it is conditioned  in a natural way and then  introduced into the areas, pressurizing them with  renovation channels equivalent to one volume per hour. Depressurization is also achieved by  natural means, through holes in the opposite facade.

The introduction of BIOCLIMATE  into  the indoor areas is architecturally expressed by means of brilliant pipes arising from earth. Materials used in the buildings, namely  steel, concrete and glass intend more durability and less maintenance. A   natural zenithal  lighting system is carefully designed to obtain suitable light levels helping to  the energetic saving of the building. Such environment quality results in high productivity and satisfaction levels  of the employees. In other words, a responsible architecture.

Images Courtesy Juan Purcell

Ecological features

The first bioclimatic project in Chile ( country with a deep energy crisis and high levels of pollution), using geothermic for the conditioning of different areas. Passive technologies making use of  natural weather conditions (wind, solar radiation). An excellent quality of life for personnel has been achieved (250 people) with average  temperatures of 18º-24ºC indoors all year round. Only natural zenithal lighting is used with the maximum energy saving and environment protection.

Images Courtesy Juan Purcell

Images Courtesy Guillermo Hevia

Images Courtesy Guillermo Hevia

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Categories: Autocad, Cinema 4D, Industrial, Rhino

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