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CristalChile’s Green Glass Bottling Plant

Posted By Alexandra Kain On September 22, 2008 @ 12:45 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | No Comments

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Chilean architect Guillermo Hevia [2] designed this stunning glass bottle plant in Chile [3] with an exception set of sustainable building strategies including bioclimatic technology, passive ventilation, and clean energy sources [4]. Composed of steel, glass and concrete, the Cristalchile [5] 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.


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The Cristalchile [5] 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 [6], 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 [7]. Underground pipes provide access to geothermal heat [8] for chilly winters. Guillermo Hevia [9]‘s studio is dedicated not only to designing sustainable buildings, but also practicing sustainable production in the development and construction of his works.

+ Guillermo Hevia [9]

+ Cristalchile [5]

Via ArchDaily [10]

Photo Credit: Guy Wenborne


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/22/chiles-passive-glass-bottling-plant/

[2] Guillermo Hevia: http://www.guillermohevia.cl

[3] Chile: http://www.trycards.com/calling-cards/Chile

[4] clean energy sources: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/energy/

[5] Cristalchile: http://www.cristalchile.cl/

[6] daylighting: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/20/steven-holl-chendu-thingy/

[7] passive ventilation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/22/california-academy-of-sciences-unveiled/

[8] geothermal heat: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/09/orly-to-utilize-geothermal-heating/

[9] Guillermo Hevia: http://www.guillermohevia.cl/

[10] ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/6186/glass-bottling-plant-cristalchile-guillermo-hevia/

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