Gran Torre Santiago

Coordinates: 33°25′01″S 70°36′24″W / 33.41694°S 70.60667°W / -33.41694; -70.60667
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Gran Torre Santiago
General information
LocationAv. Andrés Bello 2457, Providencia, Chile
Coordinates33°25′01″S 70°36′24″W / 33.41694°S 70.60667°W / -33.41694; -70.60667
Construction started18 June 2006; 16 years ago (2006-06-18)
Topped-out14 February 2012; 11 years ago (2012-02-14)
Completed2013; 10 years ago (2013)[4]
CostUS$1 billion[2][3]
Architectural300 m (984 ft)
Top floor261 m (856 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count62 (+6 basement floors)
Floor area107,125 m2
Design and construction
Architect(s)Barreda y Asociados Watt International and César Pelli
Architecture firmPelli Clarke Pelli Architects

The Costanera Center Torre 2,[5] better known as Gran Torre Santiago (Great Santiago Tower), and previously known as Torre Gran Costanera, is a 62-story skyscraper in Santiago, Chile. It is the tallest building in South America,[6] the second tallest building in Latin America (behind Mexico's T.Op Torre 1)[7] and the fifth tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere (behind Indonesia's Autograph Tower and Luminary Tower, and Australia's Q1 Tower and Australia 108). The tower was designed by Chilean architects Alemparte Barreda & Asociados, the Argentine architect César Pelli and the Canadian company Watt International.


Gran Torre Santiago is part of the Costanera Center complex, which includes the largest shopping mall in Latin America,[8] two hotels and two additional office towers. Gran Torre Santiago is 300 metres (980 ft) tall and 64 storeys high plus 6 basement floors, with a floor pitch of 4.1 metres (13 ft) and 107.125 m2 (1,153.08 sq ft) in area.[9]

The tower has nearly 700,000 square meters of building space available built on 47,000 square meters of land. Planners estimated that there would be some 240,000 people going to and from the site each day.[10] The tower was designed by Chilean architects Alemparte Barreda & Asociados, the Argentine architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and by the Canadian company Watt International. Structural engineering is performed by the Chilean company René Lagos y Asociados Ing. Civiles Ltda. Salfa Corp. was responsible for its construction.[9]

Pelli would use a similar design in the San Francisco's Salesforce Tower.


Construction of the building began in June 2006 and was expected to be completed in 2010, but was put on hold in January 2009 due to the global financial crisis of 2008–2009.[11] Construction on the project resumed on 17 December 2009.[12]

In early November 2010, standing 205 m (673 ft) tall, it overtook the neighboring Titanium La Portada to become the tallest building in Chile. In February 2011, La Segunda daily reported that, at 226 m (741 ft) tall, the tower had overtaken Caracas's Twin Towers to become the tallest building in South America,[12] while La Tercera newspaper reported in February 2012 that it had achieved that feat on 12 April 2011.[9]

Structural work on the tower was completed in July 2011[13] and the maximum height of 300 m (980 ft) was achieved on 14 February 2012, becoming the tallest building in Latin America.[7] In 2013, the tower was completed.[4]

Observation deck[edit]

On 11 August 2015 an observation deck, called "Sky Costanera,"[14] was opened to the public in floors 61 and 62, offering 360° views of Santiago.[15][16][14]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Torre Costanera". The Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ Foster, Nick (29 November 2013). "Chile property: Pro-business Santiago lures foreign entrepreneurs". Financial Times.
  3. ^ "Santiago's Gran Torre skyscraper viewed with foreboding". South China Morning Post. 17 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Gran Santiago Torre serves as perfect wayfinder when walking Chile's capital (video)". The Oregonian. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "A Visit to Gran Torre Santiago: South America's Tallest Building". Worldwide Walkers. June 16, 2020. Archived from the original on October 3, 2022. Retrieved October 2, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Costanera Center es oficialmente el edificio más alto de Latinoámerica". La Segunda. 14 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Horst Paulmann reconoce que el costo total de Costanera Center superará los US$ 1.000 millones". Emol.
  9. ^ a b c "Costanera Center alcanza su altura máxima y culmina etapa de obra gruesa | Santiago". La Tercera. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  10. ^ Chilean Skycraper, NY Daily News 10 December 2012
  11. ^ Long, Gideon (30 January 2009). "South American skyscraper on hold". BBC News. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Costanera Center alcanza 226 metros y se convierte en el edificio más alto de Sudamérica". La Segunda. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Terminan obra gruesa de gran torre de Costanera Center". La Tercera. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Sky Costanera: Así se ve Santiago desde el mirador más alto del país". 11 August 2015.
  15. ^ Tele 13. "Costanera Center abrió su mirador con vista en 360° a Santiago - Tele 13". Facebook.
  16. ^ Grupo Copesa (11 August 2015). "Mirador de Torre Costanera abrió sus puertas este martes".

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