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Huanacu Warehouse & Office / tFPS

  • 01:00 - 9 November, 2009
Huanacu Warehouse & Office / tFPS
Huanacu Warehouse & Office / tFPS, © Nicolas Saieh
© Nicolas Saieh

© Nicolas Saieh © Nicolas Saieh © tFPS © tFPS +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. El Retiro Parque Los Maites 1329 Parque Negocios Enea Pudahuel, Santiago.
  • Architects

  • Project Team

    Eduardo Fam Mancilla, Diego Pinochet Puentes, Leonardo Suárez Molina
  • Structural Engineer

    José Manuel Morales
  • Area

    3128.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. This Project, our first project as architects, started in 2006. It sets as the perfect projection of three recently graduated (in fact… graduating) architectural student´s concerns, about the discipline´s approach to the architectural project: One related to the formal exploration, a playfull one that can lead us to a differentiation to historical types of common architecture (typical boring boxes). Another, related to a rigorous technical approach (so the formal exploration can emerge in the reality), and finally a strong commitment, with elemental life situations that define the architecture (formal and technical approaches).

© Nicolas Saieh
© Nicolas Saieh

The project can be described through three points.

The assignment

A big warehouse (with administrative offices and showroom), a “cool one”( just as the client request), one that can “stands out” in contrast to the typical industrial architecture of the close context of the project, but… as cheap as we can produce it (aprox $430 USD/sqm). A form that could respond to the internal logics of the company´s operation (charge and discharge of products, exhibition of these products in the showroom, administrative operations, etc).

© Nicolas Saieh
© Nicolas Saieh

The restrictions

A limited budget (enough to build a typical warehouse)

Strict regulations of the zone (an industrial park near to the main airport of the city)

About the internal operations of the company

The first approach to the problem solution, came from the idea of concentrate all the efforts to the exposed facades of the building (The site was defined by two streets), generating “perimeter activated by the program”(where liberties about building regulations were less strict) and leaving the production activities protected to the inside of the site.

© Nicolas Saieh
© Nicolas Saieh

The formal operation or “where final architecture emerge”

How to operate on the form, then?, Where to start?. Taking the basic idea of a normal box (basically, a typical storage building …a big shed) inverted. We started to think about this strong image , and the formal logic that we can explore and explode , to transform ( starting from the same surface area of the initial box), the most exposed faces of the building to receive the critical activities demanded for the client.

© Nicolas Saieh
© Nicolas Saieh

We use of a typical structure of industrialized steel frames (to let us have less cost in structural calculations), but operating from the folding of the skin (finally, the cheapest and more workable object in technical terms).

A series of foldings (mainly three operations), allowed us to generate the two fronts, that in terms of proportions and surface area, are the same of a regular industrial building, so in that way we can insert the different activities of the program and elemental situations (showroom, administrative facilities, truck access, etc):

© tFPS
© tFPS

Work and view: A second folding of the west facade generates the office volume, allowing the views (the main demand of the client) to the future “los maitenes” park (hoping it will be ready in a year or two), separated from the industrial activities and with as much natural light as possible.

© Nicolas Saieh
© Nicolas Saieh

Work and production: Generating the larger folding to “rio itata” street, a big five meter overhang that forms the roof protecting the loading and unloading activities from rain and strong sun, connecting this space fluidly with the rest of the building.

© tFPS
© tFPS
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Erik Werner · March 02, 2012

They can in Chile... RT:Huanacu Warehouse & Office / tFPS | ArchDaily

Martin Quiroga · March 02, 2012

neta hay mucho qué aprender de la arquitectura, cuando no es japonesa, chilena:

Bingo Bango · July 14, 2010

Found these workshops/warehouses as well:


pretty cool - there must be a lot of good architecture done with a program like this. It doesn't need to be 'just' a box

ss · June 09, 2010

can anyone tell me what material is on the front facade? it seems to be reflective from the outside but transparent from the inside!

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Miloš Milovanovi? · March 04, 2010

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archop · March 02, 2010

RT @casinclair: Let us note that Chile has a record of awesome architecture. Heck, even a warehouse can be beautiful -

Deana Moore · March 02, 2010

RT @casinclair: Let us note that Chile has a record of awesome architecture. Heck, even a warehouse can be beautiful -

KC Chan-Herur · March 02, 2010

#Chile has...awesome #architecture ...even a warehouse can be beautiful /via @casinclair #Innovative #Design

Cameron Sinclair · March 02, 2010

Let us note that Chile has a record of awesome architecture. Heck, even a warehouse can be beautiful -

Lars Trevor Araya · February 22, 2010

Excelente diseño, sobretodo el apartado de oficinas...lleno de estilo y austeridad.

kiekie · January 19, 2010

oh god, bagus sekali, muito bonito, great works,
I like the façade,, the shape,,

Mariam · November 24, 2009

is it a warehouse !!!!! *shocked & impressed* unique and interesting .. ! i really loved how the architect played with light inside the building !!

Aya · November 23, 2009

That's the coolest warehouse ever! I really like this design I wish there were more designs like this!

A Sphere · November 12, 2009

great deal comes great project

diego pinochet · November 11, 2009

you can check the construction process in its a blog we did with all the painfull process of construction. hope u like it.

diego pinochet · November 11, 2009 10:33 PM

sorry the adress is !!

Man · November 11, 2009

Deberían contratar a estos talentosos arquitectos no sólo en Chile!

Miguel Medina Vizcaya · November 10, 2009

Chile se asoma al munod por su arquitecura contemporánea, que colocando conceptos de varias corrientes- funcionaliemo, desconstructivismo- llega a ser amena e interesante.
Saludos al arquitecto Pinochet.

Arq. Miguel Medina Vizcaya
Nuevo Laredo Tamaulipas, Mexico

othoha · November 10, 2009

muy padre el diseño para oficina

ppto · November 10, 2009

sencillo y funcional ... interesante .....felicitaciones a los arquitectos ... se puede hacer buena arquitectura en chile

Tee · November 10, 2009

My first congrats to the buildup of the architectural team (our team will be composed almost the same) when finally finished with university.
My second congrats to the building itself, above all the first project.
Its simple, not to simple.
Cool, but for the utilization not to cool.
You got exactly what was wanted and pushed it above all a level higher.

Very inspiring.

oscar falcón lara · November 10, 2009

This design is great fun ... clever.

simos · November 10, 2009

a wish there were more projects
"with a little forced form only to be cool"

if they cost more or less the same, what's wrong with cool?

after all it's a warehouse, in the best case scenario it would be a box cladded with colorful panels..

and actually, they have tweaked the structure and skin a bit, which is architecturally interesting anyways, ie solving details etc

it's a good study for future projects with more complicated program

i'd call it "experimental" but in a very modest, down to earth and low budget way

i'm thumbs up. definitely.

ygogolak · November 10, 2009

Great project. This type of building is usually not designed as much as "pulled off the shelf". Very nice for $130/s.f.

Pablo · November 09, 2009

bien, pero esa fachada poniente en verano debe ser un horno.

diego pinochet · November 10, 2009 06:29 AM

la verdad es que no lo es , la estrategia de ventilacion cruzada funciona a la perfeccion. y lamentablemente fue un requerimiento "no negociable" el cliente queria si o si una fachada que viera al parque . la verdad es que no es terrible para nada.



ricardo arellano · November 09, 2009

i've seen this project in the tFPS blog, and the photos don't helped a lot.

Now featured with new photos it gets better but still seems a little forced form to only "be cool"

Anyway, really good work to be a first project.

oma suarz · November 09, 2009



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