Factories are generally built for function rather than form. But for the company office and production headquarters, Olisur Olive Oil went out of the way to make sure its new building was eye-catching and environmentally sound. Guillermo Hevia Architects used prefabricated panels and combined them with wood, concrete and glass to create a geometric building that doesn’t distract from the Chilean landscape. The factory is heated and cooled with geothermal energy and natural lighting and ventilation were used whenever possible. The horizontally built factory is broken up by jagged, vertical shapes that compartmentalize the building and mimic the lines of the olive trees which grow nearby. [via inhabitat, photos by cristobal palma]