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BUILDING
 
 
Torres Siamesas
Siamese Towers
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DESIGNER
 
 
Alejandro Aravena

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CONTEXT
 
Importance of the building in the territory and in the city
Torres Siamesas, Siamese Towers, Alejandro Aravena, Elemental, Santiago de Chile
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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete, glass, cement-fiber

 

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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
Torres Siamesas, Siamese Towers, Alejandro Aravena, Elemental, Santiago de ChileWe were asked to do a glass tower. Glass is very inappropriate for Santiago’s climate, because it generates green house effect, even though it’s a nice material to resist rain, pollution and aging. So we thought of using glass for what it’s good, on the outside, then do another building inside with efficient energy performance and allow air to flow in between the two. Convection of hot air creates a vertical wind which is accelerated by the “waists” of the building by Venturi effect, eliminating undesired heat gains before they reach the second building inside.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
South America
Nation
Chile [Chile]
Region
Metropolitana de Santiago
Province
Santiago
Town
Santiago [Santiago de Chile]
Address
Av. Monsenor Carlos Casanueva (Campus San Joaquín, UC de Chile)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Education buildings
Universities, colleges
Research buildings and centers
Research buildings
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2003 - 2004    
Realisation
2004 - 2005
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Gregorio Carboni Maestri, "Alejandro Aravena. The Siamese Towers in Santiago de Chile", Materia 55, settembre/september 2007 [Involucri/Envelopes], "Progetti/Projects" pp. 76-85
Alejandro Aravena. Progettare e costruire, Mondadori Electa, "Documenti di architettura", Milano 2007, pp. 52-65
Jean-Marie Martin, "Le apparenze ingannano e l'intelligenza richiede attenzione", Casabella 747, settembre/september 2006, pp. 6-17
Justin McGuirk, "The "Siamese towers"", Icon 37, july 2006, pp. 27-28
"The Siamese Towers, Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile", A+U. Architecture and Urbanisme 430, july 2006 [Chile. Deep South], pp. 82-91
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CLIENT
 
 
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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AMOUNT
 
 
$ 2.000.000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
built sq.m. 5.000
site sq.m. 8.000
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Luís Soler & Asociados
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STAFF
 
Design team
Alejandro Aravena, Alfonso Montero, Charles Murray, Ricardo Torrejón
Assistants
Emilio de la Cerda
Collaborators
Nicoletta Dal Zotto, Maddalena Barbi, Nicola Cascino, Elisa Alberti, Ilaria Tinelli, Raffaele Danzi
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Cristobal Palma
Drawings © Alejandro Aravena
Text edited by Alejandro Aravena
Courtesy of Pritzker Prize/The Hyatt Foundation | ELEMENTAL

Torres Siamesas, Siamese Towers, Alejandro Aravena, Elemental, Santiago de Chile



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