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New Downtown Santiago Inacap Campus / Estudio Larrain

New Downtown Santiago Inacap Campus / Estudio Larrain

© Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne © Rodrigo Larraín Illanes© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes+ 18

Santiago, Chile
  • Collaborator Architects :Camila Araya M., Sebastian SuzukI G., Emil Osorio S., Nicolás Yates O.
  • Constructor:Desarrollos Constructivos Axis S.A.
  • Structure:Luis Soler P. y Asociados
  • Thecnical Inspection:D.R.S. Gestión Integral de Proyectos
  • Lighting :Mónica Pérez & Asociados
  • Acustic Study :ingeniería en Control Acústico
  • Electric Project:TYP Ingeniería y Montajes Eléctricos LTDA.
  • Active Energy Efficiency :Thiele & Sommerhoff Consultores
  • Passive Energy Efficiency :Javier del Río Ojeda
  • Electric Energy Efficiency :Espex
  • Landscape:Calvo + Piemonte
  • Architects In Charge:Rodrigo Larraín Gálvez, Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
  • City:Santiago
  • Country:Chile
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© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes

Text description provided by the architects. This University building is located in a typical and historical preservation neighborhood in downtown Santiago.

© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes

The Project.

The challenge of this project was to design a new and modern building between the historical houses and the restoration of five of them that form part of the project. Planning regulations prohibited alterations to the frontal facades, of the historical houses. The challenge was to create new buildings that had to armonice with the powerful context of the existing houses and the strict and demanding program to be developed both indoors and outdoors.

© Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne

Program and morphology.

The project is divided into three main areas that are achieved seamlessly to connect among them, rescuing the university activities and the neighborhood way of live. These three main areas are interconnected between all precincts, and create Patios that divide the different volumes.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

The ground levels dedicated to common areas as the hall entrance, the reception, cafeteria, administration areas, entrance to the library and all the covered and uncovered patios. The underground levels are used as part of the library, computer labs, and clinical education areas. The upper floors are used to classrooms.

© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes


The project was designed with and optimal solar and heating control system to minimize the use of support systems. The comfort level is high enough to avoid having cooling or healing sustainers.  

Cross Section
Cross Section

The exterior treatment of the facades, maintaining a neutral and contemporary look is as minimalist as possible cutting down the need of maintenance and in order to highlight the architecture of the historic houses.

© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes
© Rodrigo Larraín Illanes

The material chosen was NBK ceramic plates that were used as coating facing the windows that rotate to allow the entry of enough light and maintain the optimal solar control.

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Project location

Address:Moneda 1802, Santiago, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile

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Cite: "New Downtown Santiago Inacap Campus / Estudio Larrain" 30 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/624854/new-downtown-santiago-inacap-campus-estudio-larrain> ISSN 0719-8884

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