Launch Slideshow

PlayList for Glacial Water Bottling Plant

PlayList for Glacial Water Bottling Plant

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    The highly reflective exterior cladding allows the building to showcase its surroundings.

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    The bottling plant sits adjacent to its glacial source.

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    Cutouts from the façade allow outward views to the waterfall.

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    The plant sits atop a 1.5 meter raised berm to prevent flooding during times of river swelling.

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    A view toward the bottling plant entry.

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    Entry to the bottling plant.

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    Office spaces within the plant are in spaces with lower ceilings.

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    A lofted space above the offices provides casual meeting space overlooking the bottling process portion of the facility.

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    The kitchen, at far left, and a supply closet, are in the lower level of the facility.

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    The bottling process takes place in a double-height section of the interior.

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    Site plan.

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    First floor plan.

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    Second floor plan.

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    Roof plan.

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    Section A-A.

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    Section B-B.

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    Unfolded elevations.

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    Another look at the façade, with its glazing reflecting the surrounding landscape.

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    Architects Constanza Hagemann and Nicolás Valdés.

Designing a flood-resistant water bottling facility may seem ironic, but that’s exactly the challenge Chilean firm Panorama faced in their recent commission for the Glacial Water Bottling Plant, located just outside Queulat National Park in the Patagonia region of Chile. The facility sits adjacent to a glacial waterfall that floods in the winter months; by placing the building atop a tapered soil podium, Panorama hopes to keep these exterior waters at bay. The 324-square-meter (3,888-square-foot) plant reflects its usually idyllic mountainside surroundings with a steel-supported curtain wall of toughened glass, a material chosen for its ability to withstand a broad spectrum of seasonal climate shifts. Inside, the bottling process occurs within a double-height space that allows ample room for equipment. Offices for the plant are opposite the processing zone in single-height wood-clad volumes with observation areas above. Large windows throughout the facility offer views of the nearby cascading waterfalls, reminding plant workers of their livelihood’s source; its exact location, however, like many natural springs, remains a closely guarded secret.