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Architects: VOID

Design Team: Sergio Frugone, Felipe Rossi, Ricardo Sevilla

Location: Lima, Perú

Area: 9 500m2

Year: 2013


There is a direct relationship between how we work and the place we work in. Technically, productive and comfortable office spaces are designed to protect people from extreme climates and provide for suitable working conditions, but the traditional solution has for a long time rested on air conditioned buildings with fixed windows without any means for natural ventilation. The contemporary office building accounts for 50% of the fossil fuel consumption in western culture, due to the excessive use mechanical cooling, heating and artificial lighting. For this reason, it is now imperative to find sustainable strategies to reduce energy consumption and improve the quality of life of people. We must rethink the current conventions of workplaces and implement other methods for cooling buildings, such as moving as much air as possible across the floors and using thermal mass for night cooling.

            Some of these strategies however can be traced back to the original sources and archetypes of construction like those found in the primitive concepts of Incan architecture:  stone walls.   Since the origins of the attempt by man to transform the natural environment, two fundamental concepts stood at the basis of constructional archetypes: tectonic assembly referring to crafting with components, a syntax of construction elements,  interpreted by Frampton as an “art of connection” and stereotomy referring to “the editing of mass through carving developed through a conception of architecture based on the solidity, stability, hardness, mass and indestructibility of stone”(Alfonso Acocella), which in Kenneth Frampton’s words “has left its mark of the world for eternity”.

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