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ESO Hotel Residencia

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Auer+Weber, Paula Gutiérrez Erlandsen
location Antofagasta
function hotel
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ESO Hotel is the accommodation for Paranal Observatory in Chile, used for the ESO (European Southern Observatory) scientists and engineers who work there. Located at 2,400m. above sea level on Cerro Paranal (120 km south of Antofagasta). Built in extreme climatic conditions including intense sunlight, dryness, high wind speeds and great fluctuations in temperature. As a protection an artificial oasis has been built where people can relax between shifts. The hotel is located 3km from the Very Large Telescope (VLT), and has 120 rooms and a canteen, lounge, swimming pool, a fitness center and library. To reduce light pollution, it's brief laid down strict guidelines that total light emissions from the building should not exceed that of a 100W bulb. The complex, comprising 4 levels, fits snugly into an existing depression in the ground. There are spectacular views out across the desert to the Pacific Ocean. The exterior was featured in the 2008 Bond film Quantum of Solas

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ESO Hotel Residencia
B-70 Old Panamerican Highway
Project is public!
Opening hours This is not a public hotel, it's only for scientist working there. Tourists visits to the observatory, the VLT, ESO and the Residencia are scheduled for the last 2 weekends of every month, except December. These visits are free at 14:00-16:00. You must register as far in advance as possible, as the limited space is filled months in advance. Contact Paranal at tel 56.55.435335, read more on:
How to get there? By car, about 2-2,5 hrs south of Antofagasta. Good roads -with hourly bus services- and daily air services link this region to the rest of Chile.
Completion 2003
Cost € 11000000,-
Main designer, ArchitectAuer+Weber
Interior architectPaula Gutiérrez Erlandsen
Client European Southern Observatory
Project ID 3436
Latitude/Longitude 24°38'25S 70°23'18W
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