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International Antarctic Center

Punta Arenas, Chile

Conceived as a shelter in allusion to typical polar installations, the International Antarctic Center is organized under 16 barrel vaults that face the Strait. Both at night and daytime, the building’s skyline is easily recognizable when approaching the airport. Due to the translucent membranes that cover their roofline, the vaults are perceived as a row of lanterns or sea buoys tied to the waterfront. Its linear distribution ensures capability of growth and adaptation in time.

The proposal’s spatial organization is ruled by a dual system. On one hand, at the bottom, a group of boxes conform a socle distributed in three levels. This socle is built in concrete structure and movable timber partitions that hosts the uses with the most restrictive climatic and lighting conditions. These boxes are covered by the set of metal-structured vaults enclosed by translucent glass paneling that perform as passive temperature regulators. The proposal therefore understands the vaults as a set of structurally and climatically efficient elements. At the same time, they also offer an iconic image for the new International Antarctic Center.

Punta Arenas

19.000 sqm

Dirección de Arquitectura
Ministerio de Obras Públicas
Gobierno de Chile

Rodrigo Pérez de Arce

Jaime Daroca
José Mayoral
José Ramón Sierra
Raúl Brito
Sebastián Marchant
Cinthya Orellana

Structural engineering
Rodríguez and Goldsack

Energetic efficiency engineering
Javier del Río
Kelvin Ho