Santiago became home to the third international Design Center of world-leading architectural materials company Trespa, following similar centers in New York and Barcelona.
Known for its striking exterior design additions to existing buildings, or “facade cladding,” and the use of vivid colors, the Dutch company hopes to create an inspirational space where architects, designers and building owners can meet to link into global movements and instigate funky new projects for the Chilean capital and the broader region.
“The key objective of all three Trespa Design Centres is to foster creativity and spark the imagination of the design professionals responsible for innovative architecture,” said José Bento, general manager of the new facility.
The three Design Centers will engage and create new links between the architectural communities in North America, Europe and South America, according to the company’s Americas director, Remon Veraart.
“We opened the Trespa Design Centre in SoHo [New York] to establish a local presence close to the architectural community,” Veraart said. “This has now become a global strategy, with Spain and Chile reflecting our global reach and the breadth of our portfolio.”
The architectural firm is the latest in a series of international companies and institutions to see Chile’s capital as an entry point into Latin America – a region that is home to some of the world’s most rapidly expanding economies and which is of increasing global importance both culturally and politically.
Trespa’s Design Center in Santiago is located at Eliodoro Yanez 2831, Torre A – Local 1, in the heart of the trendy city barrio of Providencia, directly next door to the new headquarters of the Architects Offices Association(A.O.A.).
“The choice of this location was very important for Trespa as it is a connection point with three neighborhoods – Las Condes, Providencia and Vitacura – where the majority of the architects and certainly the most important architecture firms are concentrated,” Bento said.
“On top of that, we’ll benefit from visitors to the A.O.A, an important touchstone and cultural venue that draws architects here.”