Foster + Partners has just unveiled yet another competition-winning design – this time for a beautiful bank headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The energy-efficient building will echo the landscaping of the nearby park on its campus and features an undulating overhanging roof. Designed in collaboration with construction firm CRIBA S.A. and local architect BBRCH-Minond, the new corporate headquarters of the Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires will seek LEED Silver certification
The new bank headquarters will occupy an entire city block in the neighborhood of Parque Patricios, and will be situated right across the street from a large urban park. Reflecting the park’s environs, the bank campus will feature internal courtyards, shaded walkways, and external landscaped patios that connect the various areas of the building. A four-story atrium inside provides direct circulation to the four tiers of terraced office spaces, each with direct views of the park. The overhanging, wavy canopy roof shades the entire campus, but still lets in light through the atrium and skylights.
Foster + Partners’ design for the bank headquarters is part of a larger scheme by the city to regenerate a former industrial area of in the barrio of Parque Patricios. By incorporating a number of sustainable features, the bank will target LEED Silver certification. Green building strategies include utilizing the exposed thermal mass of concrete soffits with chilled beams for cooling, reducing energy demand through carefully-oriented shaded facades, and the use of natural ventilation.