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|Location||Santiago de Chile|
|Railing type||Glass railings, baluster railings, wall railings|
|Line/Series||Easy Glass Slim, Easy Glass Max, Q-line|
The underground network in Santiago, the capital city of Chile, is undergoing extensive expansion. An important milestone was the commissioning of Line 6 in November 2017. The new east-west route runs from Los Leones to Cerrillos. When planning the Los Leones station, project architect Carlos Nakamura opted for the use of multiple solutions from Q-railing in order to ensure maximum safety on the platforms, stairs and escalators. At almost 1 kilometre in length, the Easy Slim, Easy Glass Max and Q-line balustrade systems made for some truly impressive results. The main decision criteria were the modular structure, the high degree of safety and the elegant design of both the glass balustrades and stainless railing.
Metro de Santiago was opened on 15 September 1975. Santiago's underground system is the largest of its kind in South America: It currently comprises 5 lines, a 103 kilometre rail network, 108 stations and almost 200 trains. In addition to the expansion of the network to include Line 6 in 2017, there are also plans for the commissioning of a Line 3 along Avenida Los Pajaritos to the municipality of Maipu.
The need to expand the underground network in Santiago was shown by figures regarding the volume of passengers. At peak times, a standing space density of 6 persons/m² prevailed on the city's trains. For comparison: in Germany, a maximum of 4 persons/m² normally applies. Thanks to the construction of Line 6, this chronic overcrowding has been significantly reduced. This has made travelling not only more relaxing, but also faster. Before, it took a good 60 minutes to travel from Los Leones to Cerrillos. The travel time since the new line opened is now only about 19 minutes.
Tough balustrade systems
As with any public place with high traffic volumes, safety also played an essential role at the Los Leones underground station. In order to ensure maximum safety on the large platforms and the stairs or escalators, architect Carlos Nakamura was looking for robust balustrade systems. Meanwhile, the solution also had to be modern and elegant to reflect the design vision.
A complete balustrade solution
In view of the high safety and quality standards, Carlos Nakamura decided in close consultation with the general contractor, Consorcio Eiossa, on a complete balustrade solution using our products. On the basis of the specified requirements, we recommended the use of the 2 glass railings, Easy Glass Slim and Easy Glass Max, in combination with the Q-line railing with stainless steel balusters. While Slim and Max are characterised by their sleekness and optimum transparency, Q-line impresses with its bold linear design. But, all 3 railings have one thing in common: They are high-quality, cost-efficient and easy to install.
In total, throughout the underground station the 2 installation firms, Rezil and Celyag, installed some 850 metres of balustrade systems, including wall mounted handrails to increase safety on the stairs, post railings as separating elements and full glass railings on the upper floors and corridors as fall protection.