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Furniture Technological Center

Part 2 Project 2010
Eugenio Folatre
University of Chile, Chile
In analyzing the city I noticed an urban segregation that has existed for years, caused by the land of the former railway station.

In addition to this there is a social and economic problem due to the recent bankruptcy of the former furniture factory. Many workers were unemployed, and ended a tradition that was nearly a century.

Faced with this, my project aims to recover the tradition of the cabinet, but from a new perspective that makes it sustainable over time. Thus it is proposed to recover the furniture factory from a tourism point of view, creating a development center for the region and a way to attract investment and growth to the city.

In the opinion of the project is WEAVING THE CITY, and includes three basic scales:

- The regional level, which aims to place Traiguén on the map, generating a pole at a major tourist network in the region, which makes sense given the huge tourism potential that it has: the Mapuche culture, natural parks, among others.

- The scale of the city, which aims to create a tourist circuit, promoting the tour of the city and generating positive externalities: cobbled streets, its classical buildings (some are monuments) and generating different levels: a park ride, part of the classical city, a center of commerce, and the projected axis: the sightseeing tour of the furniture.

- The scale of the project is the shaft itself, which raises the existing store, and only intervene vacant lots. It projects a central avenue that generates a new front to the surrounding homes, thus increasing its value. New uses are planned tourist and equipment. Retrieving sports halls, the open fair, among others.

The building raises the idea of a BUILDING-FURNITURE, which in turn is part of sightseeing tour, an attraction of the city. And it's a showcase for tourists. Towards the south it presents a transparent wall where visitors watch the process of furniture production, and is also able to get into a second level garden, observing but not interfering in the industrial zone.

Eugenio Folatre

This project corresponds to certification of the student shows where all their creative, investigative and technical capabilities.

The process was purely investigative, looking for a theme that lead the process. In this case was a double issue: on the one hand the study of the city, where the student discovers wasteland, segregation and deterioration, coupled with the huge tourist potential and patrimonial value of streets and buildings.

And on the other hand all the social, study of industrial tradition, the railway and furniture, and the deterioration and stagnation that provoke social problems, lack of resources and opportunities, this leads to retrieve all the tradition of furniture, this decades ago in the city, and generate opportunities and development.

The project was arming systematically making unify different ideas and approaches, resulting in a project that values the urban, social, cultural, economic and aesthetic.

The basic idea was to weave the city at different scales, where the main building uses the concept of their own use, furniture. Students study the entire process of manufacture of furniture, giving a program highly functional, and at the same time with an avant-garde aesthetic where work and detail of the wood plays an important role.

Working in a laminated wood structure with different types of fences and finishes in wood and valuing the constructive and technological process. We used green roofs, passive systems insulation and ventilation, apart from being a nice building with the urban image of the city and a tourist attraction for visitors. This insert in a major, urban masterplan where working in urban proposal with different programs.

In my opinion the project accomplishment fully its purpose and became a reference point for urban regeneration through re recovery of cultural, social and architectural heritage.


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