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Foster + Partners Unveils Beautiful Bank With Undulating Roof

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 25, 2010 @ 6:35 pm In Architecture,Green Building | 4 Comments

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Foster + Partners [2] has just unveiled yet another competition-winning design – this time for a beautiful bank headquarters in Buenos Aires [3], 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. [4] and local architect BBRCH-Minond, the new corporate headquarters of the Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires will seek LEED Silver certification.

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The new bank headquarters [6] 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 [7] 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 [8], 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.

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/fpba-ed01.jpg

[2] Foster + Partners: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/20/foster-partners-unveil-huge-carbon-neutral-park-for-hong-kong/

[3] Buenos Aires: http://inhabitat.com/2009/11/24/eden-falls-skyscraper-zoo-topped-with-a-waterfall/

[4] CRIBA S.A.: http://www.cribasa.com.ar/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/08/fpba-ed02.jpg

[6] bank headquarters: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/24/reykjavik-green-roof-bank-headquarters-connects-the-city/

[7] canopy roof: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/12/dubais-park-gate-is-a-solar-powered-desert-oasis/

[8] sustainable features: http://inhabitat.com../sustainable-building

[9] + Foster and Partners: http://www.fosterandpartners.com/News/414/Default.aspx

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