Architect Guillermo Hevia has been doing nice industrial works, focusing on sustainability. This glass bottling plant features passive ventilation and a daylight use strategy that reduces the energy consumption of the building. Check the sections for more info about that.
Architect: Guillermo Hevia H. Collaborators: Francisco Carrión G. (Architect), Marcela Suazo M. (Development/CAD) Bioclimate: BIOTECH Chile Consultores, Jorge Ramirez F. Location: 5 Norte Route, Km. 85, Llay-Llay, V Región – Chile Site area: 270.000m2 Built area: 27.500m2 Year: 2006 Building materials: Steel, Silk-screened glass and concrete
An undulating mantle making an analogy with the geographical area placed in favor of the predominant winds. The use of multiple maintainable technologies creates the suitable environment for working ands production of glass bottling.
The new plant of Cristalchile in Llay-Llay ( meaning wind-wind in Mapuche language), 85 Km. North far from Santiago leads industrial architecture worldwide by incorporating the use of Bioclimatic technologies (geothermic, eolithic, lighting and acoustic) to the buildings as well as to production processes, with a real compromise with Maintainability, energy saving, life quality and environment protection. It is important to point out this is an industry with production processes, but most important of all, with people working. Our aim, through architecture, is to dignify these two facts using simple materials and natural resources in design but also trying to contribute with a message to society. Architecture plays the main role to achieve this purpose. Both, day and night, the undulating shapes of a big ascending roof are the image of a mantle moved by the winds of the area ; the transparencies of the glass façade that makes the production process transparent are an architectonic speech of easy and categorical understanding, emphasizing the handling of light and shadows, shows the huge scale and gains meaning when faced to the immediate area surroundings and geography.
Concepts; Tradition, Efficiency, Technology, Maintainability, Design and Vanguard
The use of natural ventilation (Venturi effect) making use of the existing winds and roof’s ventilation; hot air from production area is taken out and temperature is dissipated through holes in the glass facades ( Inner temperature is always higher tan outer). Through geothermic, air at a steady 20° T is incorporated into working areas; such air is naturally treated in underground pipes (3 m deep) using just 7 mechanical fans (37 HP total consumption). During the day, the building only uses natural zenithal lighting.