The Contemporary Miele Gallery, Chile
Chosen by Miele as part of an architecture competition, the site is a residential neighbourhood with low, medium and high-density residences surrounded by parks and squares. The contemporary building is in close proximity to the new city council building and Bicentenario Park.
The architectonic proposal was to build a property that opens to the corner (the most public place) in a play of façades of concrete and inclined crystals. The purpose of the façades was to permit light to reflect, and also the transparency of the building creates a large display window with a street view of a bustling Santiago avenue.
The interior results in an idea that allows connectivity of all the floors. Spaces are architectonic labyrinth paths that are even penetrate the underground spaces, a unique possibility of light and natural ventilation.
Less is beautiful and responsible is the message as the building was constructed in a environmentally friendly way. The sustainability of Miele building is largely due to the use of the fifth, sixth and seventh façades. These permits separate the building, heat and cold, creating natural isolation, ventilation and lighting. Images courtesy of Nico Saieh.