Edificio Malecon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a commercial architectural project designed by global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK.
Can a High-Tech South American Office Building be Beautiful, Affordable and Green? The design team was asked to create “the most technologically advanced” office building in the city within a traditional speculative building budget.
Edificio Malecon has been recognized as a new urban monument at Puerto Madero. The team’s award-winning architectural and urban design addressed the owner’s concerns for energy conservation, profit and long-term operating effectiveness while creating healthy, daylit space for occupants. It has been financially successful while setting a new standard for energy-efficient glass towers in this part of the world.
Edificio Malecon’s site is one of the most prominent, identifiable locations in Puerto Madero, with views of the city center and the active port. The design response was a long, narrow slab that minimizes solar gain and harvesting daylight. The team designed it as a “building in the round,” creating views in all directions. Facades offer floor-to-ceiling glass at each level, maximizing views and access to natural light.
By building with indigenous materials and the best of local technologies, the team was able to build Edificio Malecon for less than half the cost of competitive international-quality projects underway in the city at the same time.
625,000 sq. ft. / 58,100 sq. m.
Winner – Argentina “Biennale de Architectura” for best facility in nation built over a two-year span
Top Ten Green Projects – AIA Committee on the Environment
Honor Award for Architecture – AIA St. Louis & Construction Products Council of St. Louis
HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Since their founding in 1955, they have used design to enrich people’s lives and help organizations succeed. Their 1,600 people collaborate across a network of 24 offices on three continents. HOK’s mission is to deliver exceptional design ideas and solutions for their clients through the creative blending of human need, environmental stewardship, value creation, science and art. Their design solutions result from a collaborative process that encourages multidisciplinary professional teams to research alternatives, share knowledge and imagine new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment.