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Aonni Mineral Water Plant / Bebin & Saxton

  • Architects: Bebin & Saxton
  • Location: Punta Arenas, Magallanes and Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
  • Architects: Daniel Bebin y Tomás Saxton
  • Concept Consultant: Pablo Prieto
  • Structural Engineer: Samuel Marín
  • Client: Patagonia Mineral S.A. – Agua Mineral Aonni
  • Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin

© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin © Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin © Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin © Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin

From the architect. Chilean Patagonia has a particularity that is distinguished and exclusively of that place: THE DETACHMENT.

© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin
© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin

We can notice disunity, a separation of what was linked before, the surrounding elements live in constant alteration. This detachment produces cracks, isolations, torsions, new tensions. The glaciers detach from the massive ice fields, the trees get inclined by winds, the islands live separated from the land surrounded by water, and the geography is the result of energic erosions.

© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin
© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin

Therefore, the project is generated from the interactions of natural environment forces, revealing the elements detachment. The project also makes use of the natural elements as vital energy expressing particular characteristics of a territory.

© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin
© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin

Sustainable design principles as natural lighting, high internal gains and a good daylight factor can be recognized in the project.

© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin
© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin

Furthermore, the structure can be reutilized, guarantying a long life cycle for the materials used in this building.

© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin
© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin

We can also notice The Water in their different phases harvesting one of them: the iced water produce a unique single structure, recognized in that specific location. These forms are materialized on the large glass areas of the windows and the shape of the floors.

© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin
© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin

The materials used are part of Patagonia’s modern history: a resistant material, flexible, economic and with low cost maintenance capable to tolerate the extreme climatic conditions.

© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin
© Franklin Pardon & Daniel Bebin
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