Kind and enthusiastic Pablo Blefari showed us around the space, and as soon as we entered the building, we were welcomed by a reception space that is both colorful and clean. Small replicas of local artists’ larger paintings once sold to raise money decorate the reception walls.
A bicycle parking space is allocated within the reception area for the green-minded Greenpeace workers to keep their favorite pedal-power vehicles safe while at work. The most exciting room of the international NGO is definitely the making workshop. The space is full of random materials and tools the organization uses for making public campaigns and nature-protecting initiatives.
From kitchen cupboards to meeting tables, all wood within Greenpeace’s Buenos Aires offices is made from Brazilian FSC wood. An ‘open source’ Greenfreeze technology developed by the NGO itself is being used in the kitchen’s fridge and air conditioning, saving up to 25% in energy. When the kitchen’s FSC wood recycling bins fill up, a local recycling cooperative comes to pick it up to give new use to the discarded material.
In order to give the building a bit of much-needed green and outdoors space, ABBS Point Design created a back patio area that is the perfect place for a few drinks and relaxation on Friday afternoons. A high, round tank serves as a plant pot for a luscious central tree and native plants, while collecting rainwater for watering plants and flushing the toilets. There is also a climbing wall for keeping fit at work and quick access to the terrace!
The top floor has two big open spaces offices with desks, separated by a bridge, and one private meeting room. A skylight runs through the ceiling, providing the space with bright natural light. A jaguar costume from one of the north of Argentina forests protection campaigns hangs proudly on the wall as a reminder of all the creative hard work the NGO does around the country.
The top floor meeting room is equipped with the latest technology for giving presentations and discussing future plans, whilst enjoying a green view. The rooftop hosts 19 solar panels, solar collectors for heating water, Greenfreeze air conditioners and a skylight. In the summertime, when there is more than enough energy produced via sunny and scorching Buenos Aires days, Greenpeace transfers excess energy to the local energy company.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat