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UNAB Viña del Mar / S3 Schmidt Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 23 February, 2014
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
UNAB Viña del Mar / S3 Schmidt Arquitectos
UNAB Viña del Mar / S3 Schmidt Arquitectos , © Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Viña del Mar, Viña del Mar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Nicolas Norero
  • Collaborators

    Karen Pradenas, Lina Rojas, Cristián Maze, Constanza Larach, Paloma Sanchez
  • Associated Architects

    Horacio Schmidt Cortes, Horacio Schmidt Radic, Martin Schmidt Radic
  • Project Area

    43000.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    • Construction

      Guzman y Larraín
    • Structures

      Sergio Contreras
    • Landscape

      Juan Grimm
    • Facades

      Hunter Douglas
    • Double enclosure consultants

      GT2P y SHAPE
    • Prefabricated partitions

      PREMO España
    • More Specs Less Specs
    © Aryeh Kornfeld
    © Aryeh Kornfeld

    Text description provided by the architects. The building is conceived as a large campus that houses all the schools of the University, organized into 4 main areas, Health, Sciences, Economics and Business and Engineering.


    The Humanities and Mathematics areas are organized toward the perimeter of the flat area of the site, forming the Main Courtyard. The sciences area is located in a separate volume, the positive of the void of the plaza, it is on the upper part of the site with a privileged view of the city of Viña del Mar.

    © Aryeh Kornfeld
    © Aryeh Kornfeld

    The Main Courtyard thus becomes the space of principal exchange on campus, a multipurpose space, where students of all schools meet. This space is set by planters on the first level and in the north and west facades of the courtyard, where the circulation is, thus creating both a horizontal and a vertical garden and converting the upper corridors into places of permanence.

    © Aryeh Kornfeld
    © Aryeh Kornfeld

    The circulations are distributed so as to obtain the best sunlight for classrooms, halls and laboratories, thus orienting halls and laboratories mainly to the east and south and the corridors to the north and west.


    The building is designed through half floors connected by ramps, with this we enable students to wander especially in the access area, which gains en extra half height giving more hierarchy to the access and public spaces.

    © Aryeh Kornfeld
    © Aryeh Kornfeld

    Since the building was built in just 16 months, we opted for industrialized finishing materials, inside much of the partition walls are prefabricated thereby accelerating construction and allowing future flexibility and 70% reuse of materials.


    For the design of the facades we chose to work with glass and a single metal cladding, which on the west facade is presented as a veil, parametrically designed to exploit optimal lighting conditions, and to protect the facade with greater sun exposure. We took as precedent the last 10 years of direct solar radiation, clouds and diffuse solar radiation, taking the average from March to December, which determined the angle of lattices, this is what gives the movement and image of the building from the street.

    © Aryeh Kornfeld
    © Aryeh Kornfeld

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    Cite: "UNAB Viña del Mar / S3 Schmidt Arquitectos " [UNAB Viña del Mar / Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados] 23 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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