• Entrance view
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    Axonometric view
  • Section and Floor plans
  • Lobby view

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: at the bottom a group of boxes – a socle distributed in one, two or three levels built in concrete structure and movable partitions that hosts those uses with the most restrictive climatic and lighting conditions – 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 that offer an iconic image for such an emblematic program in the region.

Punta Arenas, Chile

19.000 m2

Dirección de Arquitectura, Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Gobierno de Chile

PRÁCTICA and Rodrigo Pérez de Arce

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

Structural engineering
Rodríguez and Goldsack

Energetic efficiency engineering
Javier del Río
Kelvin Ho