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Gen Building / Assadi + Pulido

  • Architects: Assadi + Pulido
  • Location: Portugal 415, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects: Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido
  • Associate Architect: David Zapata
  • Collaborators: Trinidad Schonthaler, Heidy Ullrich, Macarena Avila
  • Engineering: Hoehmann Stagno S.A.
  • Client: Inmobiliaria Unco
  • Contractor: Waldemar Ullrich, Ruperto Neira
  • Area: 1535.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

© Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone © Sergio Pirrone

From the architect. Utilizing an urban renewal grant, Gen Building is an affordable housing residential complex located in the center of Santiago. Considering energy conservation and recycled materials the architects chose to design a façade that utilized discarded aluminum and zinc materials from industrial buildings.

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

This 26-story apartment building has 285 apartments, a public first floor and roof level for entertainment, four floors of underground parking, three pools, and a private indoor plaza.

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

The eastern face of the main building volume features a metallic skin providing much needed shade on the roof and terraces, and noise reduction from Avenida Portugal.

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

About 120 solar panels are incorporated on the north facade of the building. The balconies and façade coordinate to make up the design element composition of the face.

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

The solar energy captured by these plates is used for heating and hot water, ensuring a savings of 100% in summer and about 70% in winter. Individual housing units have their own panel and manage its consumption independently.

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone

The new density that is achieved through this innovative use of materials creating two new skins, east and north (the visible faces the building) has created an interesting and recognizable city block as a single facade, rather than individual units.

© Sergio Pirrone
© Sergio Pirrone
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