CENTRO CULTURAL CASAS DE LO MATTA
Typology: Cultural Center
Location: Av. Kennedy 9350, Santiago, Chile
Subject: New construction project
Services: Staging and theater bidding project for main house and exhibition hall
Client: Corporación Cultural Vitacura
General architecture project: Arq. Gonzalo Mardones
Consultants: Ing. Juan Antonio Vargas
Collaborating: Arq. María Paz Carvajal
Estimated intervened area: 7.200 m2
Estimated cost of intervention: US$ 6.000.000
The current Casas de Lo Matta Cultural Center contains a National Historic Monument that dates back to the colonial time when it was first erected as a residence. The house was restored in 1988 by architect Patricio Gross and again in 2010 where the current cultural center was reopened. In 2013 it was decided to build an annex building containing various activities such as exhibition halls, audiovisuals and a house with 700 locations for theater, concert and ballet performances.
The theater consultancy consisted in the realization of theater architecture of the integral project. A grid and 2 levels of fly galleries with fully modulated metal structures were designed for the stage house. It included automated motorized rigging systems according to international standards (DIN 56950 - SIL3) to grant it safety and operational capacity in accordance with theater use. In addition to the 25 motorized battens, motorized monorails were designed. Modulated stage floor with removable wooden boards, allows to achieve openings of different dimensions that serve for appearances of characters as for installation of small lifts. The orchestra pit was designed with an automated platform. A new stage lighting system was designed with its corresponding audio, video and lighting main control room. The project includes a safety curtain system and automated main draw curtain, as well as a special dance floor.