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Siamese Tower

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Project Name

Siamese Tower

Project Status

Built

Year Completed

2005

Size

5,000 sq. meters

Client/Owner

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Team

  • Ale­jan­dro Ar­ave­na
  • Charles Murray
  • Al­fon­so Mon­tero
  • Ricardo Tor­rejón


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Project Description

FROM THE ARCHITECTS: 

We were asked to design a glass tower. Glass is very inappropriate for Santiago’s climate, because it generates green house effect, even though it’s a nice material to resist rain, pollution and aging. So we thought of using glass for what it’s good, on the outside, then do another building inside with efficient energy performance and allow air to flow in between the two. Convection of hot air, creates a vertical wind which is accelerated by the “waists” of the building by Venturi effect, eliminating undesired heat gains before they reach the second building inside.
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