The Olisur oil mill won a gold medal at the 2009 Miami Architecture Biennale, because its design and construction has been constantly highlighted as having the highest standards in technology and sustainability.

La Almazara (Arabic word for Olive mill), located 230 kms south-west of Santiago (Chile) in San José de Marchigüe, is at the forefront of the architecture of Almazaras worldwide by incorporating the use of bioclimatic technologies (geothermal, wind, light) both buildings, as well as production processes, assuming a real commitment to sustainability, energy saving, quality of life and environmental protection. All the materiality of the Industrial Complex is biodegradable.

Architecture is the protagonist to meet these objectives. The simple forms of the closed main volume are complemented by a smaller body of wood and glass that houses the offices and services, they are the image that belongs to the place with an architectural discourse, easy to read and resounding, which emphasizes representing nature with its colors and light. The lighting of its facades and office enclosures (transparent) come to life with their shades between light and shadow that seem to be born from the wooded environment of the gentle hills and the geography of the place. The architecture of this longitudinal volume responds to a linear production process and is staggered at different levels (interior terraces) to accommodate a gravity system and architecturally assume the slopes of the land.”

“We let nature make the olives, so we can make the olive oil.”