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Foster + Partners Unveils Buenos Aires' City Hall, the first in Argentina to Receive LEED Silver

Foster + Partners Unveils Buenos Aires' City Hall, the first in Argentina to Receive LEED Silver | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Designed by Foster + Partners, the new city hall for Buenos Aires has recently been unveiled where it will house the mayor and 1,500 employees. It takes advantage of its abundant green setting in parque patricios and hopes to become a catalyst for regenerating the local neighborhood. The building itself carries foster and partner’s typical design strategy of using efficient and sustainable design. 

Welcomed by a four-storey atrium, the open and generous floor plates of the city hall is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glass walls, illuminating the vast space with natural light. this creates a visual connection between the interior and the adjacent park whilst encouraging a sense of community and communication between departments. The construction techniques are influenced by the sub-tropical climate, from the careful choice of materials to the composition of each façade. Externally, the flowing roof canopy, supported by individual pillars is a distinct feature- the wave-like roof overhangs providing shade for the public areas underneath. The building is the first in argentina to receive the environmental LEED silver standard award for sustainability and the first civic project in the country by the acclaimed practice.

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Codina House

Codina House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The house is situated on a flat land of 1500 square meters in a residential area within the city of Mendoza, Argentina.

A typical continental climatic zone, with large weather amplitudes between stations where natural breeze comes mostly from the South.

The project is an opportunity to rethink the suburban houses facilities in emerging environments in contemporary Latin American urban spaces, trying to understand the space as a stimulator, suggesting sensitive geometries that optimize weather conditions and operate from green conscience...

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House V | Argentina

House V | Argentina | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The idea for this project was to design a house around a yard without having to resort to the cloister and taking advantage to the shape of the plot.

It is after this idea that the "V" arises, as a volume that falls back on itself and creates a plan that allows the garden into its arms. It thus becomes the heart of the project. This is a fluent volume that breaks away from the ground towards the front, moving down as it turns until it leans fully backwards. This work projects a sense of movement, of a compact mass that has been stretched until it reached its present shape. This is highlighted by the longitudinal windows and the split levels on the top of the facades. Out of this fluent mass emerges the swimming pool as an extension of the house. This is directly related to the partly-covered area, which can be used both for parking cars or eating. Thus, this area and the swimming pool lie in close relation and function as one space. All this group is surrounded by a floor made of curved shapes which adapts both to the house and to the vegetation in the lot.

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