Siamese Tower

Santiago / Chile / 2005

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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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Nos encargaron una torre de cristal. El vidrio es inapropiado para el clima de Santiago, porque, a pesar de ser un buen material resistiendo la lluvia, la contaminación y el envejecimiento, genera efecto invernadero. Dadas las cualidades del vidrio decidimos utilizarlo como primera fachada y construir en su interior otro edificio energéticamente eficiente, permitiendo que el aire fluyera entre ambos. La convección de aire caliente, genera una corriente vertical que es acelerada por la “cintura” del edificio gracias al efecto Venturi. Por consiguiente la acumulación de calor no deseado es eliminada antes de alcanzar el edificio interior.

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    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...

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    • Year 2005
    • Work finished in 2005
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Colleges & Universities
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