Chilean architect Guillermo Hevia designed this stunning glass bottle plant in Chile with an exception set of sustainable building strategies including bioclimatic technology, passive ventilation, and clean energy sources. Composed of steel, glass and concrete, the Cristalchile factory is ideally placed to utilize wind and sun for climate control and energy in the breezy region of Llay-Llay, which translates to “wind” in Mapuche.
The Cristalchile bottling facility employs passive design strategies to yield the most gain from the natural renewable resources in the area. Its striking profile features great glass facades that provide ample daylighting, and the structure’s undulating roof blends in with its geography while allowing it to take advantage of the region’s winds for passive ventilation. Underground pipes provide access to geothermal heat for chilly winters. Guillermo Hevia‘s studio is dedicated not only to designing sustainable buildings, but also practicing sustainable production in the development and construction of his works.
Photo Credit: Guy Wenborne