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Duoc Corporate Building

Office
Santiago, Chile
Sabbagh Arquitectos, SANTIAGO, Chile
2008
World Architecture Festival 2008 - Category Winner

Elevation 
Francisca Polanco - independent 


Duoc Corporate Building.
After the requirement of a building for the central offices of Duoc,
there were four additional topics which were essential and needed to be solved. The first one, was the fact that the building’s location was in the yard of Antonio Varas branch, former German School and typical building of the neighborhood. The second problem was the coexistence of a functional activities program to concrete requirements of surface and the relationship with the image of a corporate building for an educational institution of “Universidad Católica de Chile”. The third problem was the constant change in the use of public spaces typical of an institution in permanent transformation and renovation. Finally, the necessity of a public place for the recreation of the students.
A fifteen floor tower that takes the ground level yard shape is designed and is taken to the upper floor. A band was thought for this purpose. This band is originated in a series of continuous bends, like an arabesque that conceptualizes and abstracts the idea of the branches and foliage of a tree. It goes all the way from the first floor to the last one defining the outer spaces and the double heights of the inners.

The empty spaces of the building are yards that are used as an extension of the educational and public areas and at the same time as a space to be related with the landscape.

This continued band is intercepted by a grid, an octagonal weft of pillars and girder which are the frame and building’s support which is exposed and are part of the expressive definition of the project. Because of the later development of the building’s structure, the explicit evidence of the band is lost. Keeping it’s trade on the disposition of the fullness and emptiness of the current volumetry.

The purpose of the empty spaces of the building is to allow the people to climb the urban weft in order to reach places to have a perfect view of the city. At the same time, this allows the continued sight through the openings.

The building’s plants look for their best efficiency organized like a regular structural weft of pillars which disposition facilitates the program’s resolution. The vertical core of the elevators, steps and humid zones are displaced from the axle to the south front of the building encompassing the circulations and services areas. This disposition is reflected in the volume and fronts.

The first and second floors are clear spaces that allow the continuity of the down yard of the building.

The closing of the front is conformed by a glass coat. A first shutting, has windows in all the establishments to incorporate natural ventilation. And a second shutting, like a screen made of reflective and pigmented glass, to control the radiation and the thermic transmission. These shuttings are joined like a knitting so that its reflection gives a volumetric texture to the vertical plane of the building’s front. This texture allows the educational building to look alive and be connected to the city.

Lead Architect »

Sabbagh Arquitectos
SANTIAGO
Chile
 

Professional Credits »

Architect
Mr Marcial Olivares
Sabbagh Arquitectos
Chile
56 - 2 - 7567600
molivares@sabbagharquitectos.com

Architect
Mr Juan Sabbagh
Sabbagh Arquitectos
Chile
56 - 2 - 7567600
jsabbagh@sabbagharquitectos.com

Architect
Mr Juan Pedro Sabbagh
Sabbagh Arquitectos
Chile
56 - 2 - 7567600
jpsabbagh@sabbagharquitectos.com

Architect
Mr Felipe Sabbagh
Sabbagh Arquitectos
Chile
56 - 2 - 7567600
fsabbagh@sabbagharquitectos.com

Architect Collaborator
Mr Mario Zamorano
Sabbagh Arquitectos
Chile
56 - 2 - 7567600
mzamorano@sabbagharquitectos.com

Client / Developer
Mr Marcelo Von Chrismar
Fundación DUOC de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Chile
56 - 2 - 3540000
mvonchrismar@duoc.cl

Designer
Ms Mariana Sabbagh
Sabbagh Arquitectos
Chile
56 - 2 - 7567600
msabbagh@sabbagharquitectos.com

Environmental Engineer
Mr Francisco Avendaño
Enertec
Chile
56 - 2 - 632 0098
enertecsa@yahoo.es

Lighting Consultant
Ms Monica Perez
Monica Perez & Asociados
Chile
56 - 2 - 263 1312
monica7@arquiluz.cl

Lighting Consultant
Ms Mónica Pérez
Mónica Pérez & Asociados
Chile
56 - 2 - 2631312
monica7@arquiluz.cl

Main Contractor
Mr Alvaro Fuenzalida
Empresa Constructora Socovesa
Chile
56 - 2 - 5204000

Project Manager
Mr Largio Romero
Fundación DUOC de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Chile
56 - 2 - 354 0000
rriveros@socevesa.cl

Structural Engineer
Mr Rafael Gatica
Gatica & Jiménez
Chile
56 - 2 - 2332485
rgatica@j.tie.cl
 

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Chile
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56 - 2 7867713
abraham.rovner@bercia.cl

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Readimix
Chile
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56 ? 2 ? 5447512
carlos.salazar@cbb.cl

Glazing
Pilkington
Chile
Mr Marcio Martins
56 ? 2 ? 3697606
marcio.martins@pilkington.cl

Glazing installation
Glasstech
Chile
Mr Ricardo Torres
56 - 2 - 3519000
rtorres@glasstech.cl

Sanitaryware
Atika
Chile
Mr Sandra Jusid
56 - 2 - 4883000
s.jusid@atika.cl

Slate
Pizarras Iberica
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Mr Jaime Gonzalez
56 - 2 - 7905500
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VAV air conditioning
Carrier Toshiba
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Mr Andrea Werner
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andreawerner-wildner@carrier.utc.com