Tallest, Greenest Building in Chile to Open in 2011

Costanera Center Project in Santiago de Chile Image

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Chile's Green Building Council named it recently the greenest building project in the country, and it will also feature the tallest tower (70 floors, 300 meters high). Costanera Center, a major architecture developing in Santiago de Chile which will host a shopping mall, offices, homes and a hotel, will likely have one of its sections opened in 2011. The impressive complex --designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli and now conducted by architects Alemparte & Barreda, is aiming for a Gold LEED certification.The project was launched in 2007 and quickly gained headlines as it promised to be South America's tallest building. It has four towers of different heights, and a major one that's 300 meters tall and 70 stories high. In the middle of these lays a shopping mall and common areas.

Located in the Providencia region of Chile's capital, it would involve investments for 700 million dollars.

Even though construction was moving forward in 2008, it was stopped for almost a year when the economic crisis hit and it was unsure whether it was going to be finished. But work began again late last year and its possible inauguration date was announced a few days ago.

Costanera Center Project in Santiago de Chile Night Image

Image via Luis Ramirez.

According to Diario Financiero, developer Cencosud has announced that the shopping mall of the project will open its doors in November 2011, and the remaining towers, in November 2012.

Some of the green features include the use of recycled steel and a 30 thousand sq. meters green roof in the common area that will help control temperature in the surrounding buildings (see scheme below). The complex will also use water from the surrounding San Carlos canal for a natural cooling system, which will be cleaned and given back to the stream after its use.

Other responsible practices incorporated during construction are dust and gas emissions control and noise pollution monitoring, apart from energy saving systems.

Scheme Showing the Costanera Center Project in Chile Image

Image ©El Mercurio via Juan Pablo Bravo.

For a project this big, it would have been nice to see the building going for a higher LEED certification. Nevertheless, LEED is not as advanced in South America so it's important that a major development incorporates it.

Here's a video of the project:

More green construction in Latin America:
World's Greenest Homes: The Metamorphosis House In Chile
New Posh+Green LEED Certified Hotel in Argentina
Foster + Partners Green Building in Buenos Aires: The Aleph

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