W Hotel and Bank of Chile Office Tower

W Hotel and Bank of Chile Office Tower
Santiago, Chile

Global Award for Excellence | Urban Land Institute
Best New Hotel or Mixed-Use Development | South American Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference

The W Hotel & Residences and Bank of Chile Office Tower is a 31-story mixed-use complex occupying an entire city block and facing directly onto Plaza Peru on Isidora Goyenechea, a boulevard that cuts through the heart of midtown. The Plaza itself is a major public square, where residential fabric meets El Golf, a growing shopping and business district studded with 20th century palaces, hotels, restaurants and corporate headquarters. The 1.1 million sq. ft. (103,000 m²) project includes a 196-key, 243,000 sq. ft. (22,500 m²) W Hotel & Convention Center; 86,000 sq. ft. (8,000 m²) in 60 condominiums; 134,000 sq. ft. (12,500 m²) of office space; 93,000 sq. ft. (8,600 m²) of retail, gym and spa; and parking for 846 cars. The project is one of Santiago’s tallest buildings.

The site’s plaza foreground and mountainous backdrop inspired a design of faceted planes that modulate the building’s immense scale, while creating an undulating roofline that reflects the mountains surrounding the city. The public façade reveals the diversity of program elements and engages the city and street life. These elements feed off a central circulation zone, with bridges and escalators punctuating the continuous vertical space.