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Consorcio Building Concepcion / Enrique Browne

  • 01:00 - 10 January, 2009
Consorcio Building Concepcion / Enrique Browne
Consorcio Building Concepcion / Enrique Browne

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Lincoyán 322-378, Concepción, Biobío, Chile
  • Architects

    Enrique Browne y Asociados Arquitectos
  • Associated Architect

    Patricio Browne
  • Collaborators

    Enrique C. Browne, Sebastián Morandé, Davor Pavlovic
  • Structural Consultants

    Ruiz y Saavedra Ingenieros
  • Contractor

    Ignacio Hurtado y Cia.
  • Technical Inspection

    Juan Eduardo Mujica
  • Constructed Area

    3,789 sqm
  • Area

    1096.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. The rainy city of Concepción, is located in the mouth of the Bío-Bío River, 520 Km south of Santiago. It has aprox. 220.000 inhabitants, but its threshold spans reaches some 630.000 people. The highlights of its economy are the elaboration of steel and the wood industry, both on wide exporting booms. We were asked to design a branch of the ‘Consorcio Nacional de Seguros', National Insurance Consortium, in a corner site, in front of the only historic and antique church in Concepción, whose façade had been unfortunately reconstructed after an earthquake. Furthermore, it had a front fenced square that impoverished its quality and public character.

A first version was carried out. It consisted in a triangular building with the vertical circulation organized in a glazed tower in the south. Because the triangular building spun the first two floors in a double height space, a square was created, which joined to the church's square, creating an environment of urban interest. In turn, the double point of the corner cantilever emphasized the building presence from the busy San Martin Street. The building was clad in copper. The glazed sectors had a ‘double skin' with climbing plants on the North and West sides. This solution was eliminated for being expensive.

A simpler and more rectangular proposal was developed. The building also withdraws on the west to visually enlarge the square, which passes by the street, joining the old church to the new building. A interesting public space would be added to Concepción.

The building is composed basically by three elements:

a) A free plant "volume" that looks to the East, North and West, protected from the sun by laminated wood sections that support a "double green skin" with mature climbing plants. The wood use alludes to the regional production;

b) A "plan-volume" vertical to the South that flies over the square. Improves the energetic conservation of the building. It is clad in undulated metal plates, a material very utilized in the South of Chile in an economic version. Reminds as well the production of regional steel. Its tall and large windows allow views towards the hills of Concepción, but block the sight of the haphazard roofs of the city and;

c) A great "horizontal" cantilever roof that serves as an end of the building and protects the large balcony of the upper floor from the western sun wich has the view to the Bío-Bío river. In turn, emphatizes the relation with the small squate. These three bodies give the impression of detachment between them and are supported over a glazing membrane in the first two access and customer service levels. More ever, the main entrance is on axis to the church, on the other side of the square.

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Consorcio Building Concepcion / Enrique Browne" 10 Jan 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Godofredo C. Geyer · June 23, 2012

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DAVIS Architects · June 29, 2010

theDAVISintern: Do you think this could work in Phoenix? the folliwing is a great archdaily link:

luxo · September 02, 2009

No one is thinking about water's why plants get zapped when money is involved.

thanhtran · July 16, 2009

creativity and contribute to the green city, but still very impressive and modern ........ unfortunately not exploited hygiene of the front, supporting this school all his

Cristian · January 17, 2009

The first image is an actual photo, but retouched in Photoshop. The original one was taken when the building was just made, and also showed some electrical cables that where removed as well.... as I 've been told.

Hamster · January 12, 2009

>>Santiago´s consorcio building...

Hamster · January 12, 2009

By the way....plants are already growing..

Hamster · January 12, 2009

I think you have in mind the "Santiago´s Consorcio" building...but maybe you don´t know that building was actually design by Borja and Brown.

Brown is the one intrested in combining nature and architecture

Boris · January 11, 2009

Things need only be as expensive and complicated as we make them. A trench, some containers and growing medium, and a bit of effort to maintain - how difficult is that? People are all gung-ho on greening everything but it's often the first thing to be cut as soon as someone raises the slightest objection.

The details, "planting scheme" and "planter detail" above look quite wonderful with various flowering and non-flowering species. Without them this building is just another competent modernist box with little to distinguish it from thousands of others around the world.

Jasper, from Holland · January 11, 2009

@xing: confused aswell, i think it is a rendered image, because the text points out that the initial plan had plants on the north and west sides, which were eliminated

@Boris: Installing plants is more then just the plants itself, the whole construction supporting the soil as the drainage and water supply of the plants is quite extensive, making it expensive. And maybe there was already sufficient shading. Shame Though, really like green buildings (if they manage to be as green as on the renders)

Overall i think it looks really nice, detailing as far as i can see is really clean ^^

*goes check out borja huidobro architecture*

raúl · January 11, 2009

borjahuidobroing = to be turning into style of the architect Borja Huidobro

xing · January 11, 2009

The first image confused me a bit at the first glance. I thought it is a rendering image.

Boris · January 11, 2009

"The glazed sectors had a ‘double skin’ with climbing plants on the North and West sides. This solution was eliminated for being expensive."

Confusing. In the photos it looks like the trellis-ey structure was built but no climbing plants were installed. Are we supposed to believe a few vines were cost-prohibitive? Their shade would have probably lowered air conditioning costs.

nico · January 11, 2009


What do you mean with that?

raúl · January 11, 2009

I think that he is borjahuidobroing


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