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ARQ (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6996

ARQ (Santiago)  no.104 Santiago abr. 2020 

Works & projects

Edificio Hamlet, Santiago, Chile, 2017

Paralela, Santiago, Chile.


The multiplicity of possible meanings of this construction - defined by its authors as a small building, an object, a hut, an opaque block, a monolithic object, or an inhabited wall - is sustained by a strict adherence to the laws of geometry: a sequence of six squares of 3.2 m on each side, define an elongated plan, architecturized with perforations and elements whose shapes and positions come from these very same laws.

Keywords: laws; cabin; ambiguity; composition; project

Figure 1 

Source: © Nicolás Saieh

Figure 2 

Figure 3 Site plan. S. 1: 5.000 

In a context characterized by the circulation of capital in the form of goods, land has become one of them, exchanged under the laws of supply and demand. However, its ‘irreproducible’ condition makes a greater demand for a specific location impossible to translate into a greater offer and, thus, it only increases in price.

Nonetheless, the state participates in the artificial reproduction of land through urban regulation: density enables the reproduction of land ownership and urban indicators - such as those that determine the maximum volume - allow for a three-dimensional reproduction of land. As a result, the price is defined by the interaction of market and state rules, where the first sets the price at which it can be sold and the second, what and how much can actually be sold.

Figure 4 Plans 

High competition scenarios for land acquisition challenge real estate managers (and architecture) to search for mechanisms to pay more, but how to pay more for land whose regulatory and market conditions are determined in advance? In addition to the maximization of urban indicators, two strategies are used within the same process: estimate sales prices over those of the competition, appealing to a higher valuation of the project through exceptional attributes; and use the regulations that allow generating additional salable area to the one considered for constructibility.

Source: © Nicolás Saieh

Figure 5 

Figure 6 Cross section AA. S. 1: 500 

The Hamlet building originates with the tender of a site and uses the above-mentioned strategies to The Hamlet building originates with the tender of a site and uses the above-mentioned strategies to.

Source: © Nicolás Saieh

Figure 7 

Figure 8 North elevation. S. 1: 500 

The project opens a new urban promenade for public use between its two access streets, which connects the inner neighborhood with the green areas, transportation, facilities and services on Apoquindo Avenue, favoring the security logic that relies on openness, rather than enclosure. The promenade is constructed by a zelkova forest and constitutes the pedestrian access to the building. Its front is activated through common street furniture linked to the walkway through a large vertical lattice; the building’s only partition.

Figure 9 Longitudinal section BB. S. 1: 500 

Figure 10 West elevation. S. 1: 500 

The project consists of two volumes, one opaque and solid to the east, containing the bedrooms, and one more permeable and lighter to the west, containing the living and dining rooms as well as terraces. In this way, from each apartment, the continuous greenery of the urban promenade is discovered, extending through the public spaces of the neighborhood.

Source: © Nicolás Saieh

Figure 11 

Source: © Nicolás Saieh

Figure 12 

In a nutshell, the Hamlet building shows that in architecture, market (and state) rules are perfectly compatible with the potential of contributing to the city. Moreover, such an urban contribution opens the possibility to differentiate from the conventional market, adding value to the project itself. But who wins with this? Private developers? New residents? The city? In these cases, the great challenge of architecture is, precisely, to give them all a win.

Fuente: © Nicolás Saieh

Figura 13 

Edificio Hamlet

Architects: PARALELA (José di Girolamo e Ignacio Zañartu)

Contributors: Pablo López B. y Cristián Larraín B.

Location: Hamlet 4201, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile

Client: Inmobiliaria Arauco

Structural engineering: Gatica Jiménez Ingenieros

Construction: Altius

Sanitary: Alme

Electrical installation: SC Tec

Landscape Architecture: PAUR (Sofía Armanet y Tomás Folch)

Materials: Reinforeced structural concrete, plaster and paint (interiors), porcelain tiles and paint (exteriors)

Budget: 20 UF/ m2 - Us$ 35/m2

Built area: 10.292 m2

Site area: 2.412 m2

Project year: 2014

Construction year: 2017

Photography: Nicolás Saieh

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