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Eso Hotel – Antofagasta, Chile

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Building: ESO Hotel (Residencia)
Location: Antofagasta, Chile (Atacama)
Architect: Auer + Weber + Assoziierte
Interior: Paula Gutiérrez Erlandsen
Structural: Mayr + Ludescher
MEP: HL-Technik
Client: European Southern Observatory
Use: Located beneath summit of Cerro Paranal, where the VLT (Very Large Telescope) is located (largest telescope in the world) 2500 m above. ESO scientist and engineers stay here on roster system.
Construction: 2002
2005 Cityscape Architectural Review Awards,
2004 Leaf Awards Kategorien “New Build Overall” 

AE Interest:
It fits in a depression in the ground, so it does not impede the view of the landscape. Therefore the only thing visible above Verizon is the steel skeleton (35 meters in diameter). Long Brick Entrance and skylit dome. Mostly Concrete Structure because it’s economical and combats heat. Mist-like water sprays in the garden and natural evaporation from the pool create a subtropical climate (feeling of oasis inside). Earthquake protection: Concrete blocks anchored to ground with fiberglass mats.

Fun Fact: Bad guy lair in Quantum of Solace (James Bond)




Written by Ofek Bruhis

March 11, 2020 at 10:17 am

Posted in Built

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