Saturday, October 13, 2007

Buenos Aires: Proyecto CCB

We recently visited the office of Daniel Becker and Proyecto CCB. Daniel Becker was kind enough to take the time to show us around his office and tell us about his firms exciting recent competition award. The Centro Cultural del Bicentenario is the largest project in Latin America currently and will certainly thrust Proyecto CCB into the international architecture scene. The project is sponsored by Argentina to celebrate the bicentennial of the country. It is part urban renewal, part restoration of a historic landmark, and part adaptive reuse.

The most interesting part of the project for us as architecture students was the adaptive reuse of the historic Palacio del Correo Argentino. The historic main post building will be turned into a mixed use cultural center with a contemporary art museum, a chamber music hall, a symphony hall, an art gallery for traveling exhibitions, and a smaller concert venue on the roof of the building, and it goes on and on. All of that is going into one existing structure. The scale of the project is hard to digest. The project team has just completed submitting their first set of construction documents to the planning office. Construction should start early next year.

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