Holcim Foundation

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Green university library

This university library project continues from earlier building works to construct the private non-profit Diego Portales University. Founded in 1982, the university in central Santiago has more than 1,300 academic staff and 11,000 students with nationally-recognized programs in business, law, psychology and journalism.

The design meets the demands of the dense situation with a multi-floor layout and elements that bring additional natural light and fresh air into the building.

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Sustainable construction as a key to better urban life
“Applauding the ambition to blend purist architectural language with environmentally friendly components” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2011 for Region Latin America
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Santiago, Chile
Mathias Klotz
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Mathias Klotz
klotz y asociados, Chile
Acknowledgement prize 2011
Latin America
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