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Chilean High Rise Wrapped in a Living Green Wall
Posted By Mike Chino On January 29, 2009 @ 5:00 am In Architecture,Gardening,Green Materials | 2 Comments
Lately we’ve seen some incredible projects  that make great use of the insulating and air-purifying benefits of green walls . The latest to strike our eye is this clean-lined office surrounded by the rolling Bío Bío hills in the center of Concepción, Chile. Conceived by Enrique Browne Arquitectos , the building makes extensive use of locally-sourced materials  and will be enveloped in a leafy green facade  overflowing with bougainvillea, jasmine, and plumbago. The vegetation is now growing and it is expected to cover the entire facade of the building in two more years.
Enrique Browne Arquitectos ‘ Consorcio  headquarters is located on a corner adjacent to the city’s only church dating from the 19th century. The church’s facade was damaged by an earthquake, so part of the project was dedicated to revitalizing the space between the two buildings. A courtyard now joins the structures, adding public space  and developing a harmonious link from the past to the present.
The office itself is composed of three elements. A vertical green wall  constructed from locally-sourced wood  shields the structure from the sun to the North, East, and west, and acts as a “double green skin” that insulates the interior. The structure’s south wall features a high-performance facade constructed from locally-sourced corrugated metal that helps to insulate the interior and render it highly energy efficient. The third element is a cantilevered roof that provides shade to the structure’s top floor balcony.
+ Consorcio 
Via Arch Daily 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/29/consorcio-headquarters-by/
 incredible projects: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/08/gwanggyo-city-center-by-mvrdv/
 green walls: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/05/milano-santa-monica-by/
 Enrique Browne Arquitectos: http://www.ebrowne.cl/
 locally-sourced materials: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/20/londons-locally-sourced-refurb/
 leafy green facade: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/15/editt-tower-by-trhamzah-and-yeang/
 Consorcio: http://www.consorcio.cl/
 public space: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/07/greening-downtown-los-angeles-park-101/
 green wall: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/15/elt-easy-green-living-wall-systems/
 locally-sourced wood: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/27/waxing-architectural-on-columbias-orquideorama/
 Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/10685/consorcio-building-concepcion-enrique-browne/
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