Vertical Densification, Architectural Concept,
The location of Portal Alameda is a central transportation hub connecting the central axis of Santiago de Chile with the Maipú workers neighborhood and Greater Valparaiso's costal area. Multiple side roads join the three main roads dominated by constant traffic jams further nourished by the in and out coming buses of a major bus station connecting Chile with Santiago and its international airport.
The axis of the new building redirects the traffic flow, connects the bus, taxi and metro station and links the currently idle park Pajaritos and the greenery besides Ruta 68. Portal Alameda also balances out the unequal distribution of public infrastructure and institutions currently favoring the wealthy East of Santiago. Set as a beacon of three programs in vertical orientation, it houses an upper part hotel, office spaces in the middle part and a lower recreational area with a transportation hub base. The three volumes are pointing into the direction of the three traffic axis and intersect vertically creating atriums designed as spaces of encounter. A horizontal visual cut through the base connects the greenery on both sides directing the flow of pedestrians.