Quirihue City Hall
The new building for Quirihue City Hall is conceived as a construction that acknowledges its context. It also brings value to local architecture in this town. The new City Hall incorporates local architectural characteristics by a series of strategies with spatial, structural and material implications. The building, while showing a clearly contemporary attitude, incorporates some design features typical to the Chilean colonial house. These include a courtyard-like configuration with circulatory perimetric corridors, or the pitched-roof built on timber beams that extend beyond interior spaces in order to cover the circulatory paths on top of a solid base that hosts the ground floor uses.
Furthermore, the new Quirihue City Hall features strategies for passive climate conditioning, also present in the typical Chilean colonial house. The solid base with high thermal mass regulates temperature, while the interior courtyards allow for openness and natural ventilation.
José Ramón Sierra