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Foster completes his first building in South America

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Foster + Partners has unwrapped this nine-storey apartment block in Buenos Aires, the UK largest practice’s first completed building in Latin America

The Aleph apartment block forms phase one of a redevelopment plan to create a waterside community at Puerto Madero, a former industrial port close to the Argentinian capital’s financial centre.

The building’s 50 dual-aspect apartments contain a combination of split-level sections with vaulted ceilings and double height living areas with bronzed sliding windows to maximize natural ventilation. Moveable screens and balconies can be modified depending on the sun’s height.

The practice has been working on the scheme in the emerging Faena Arts and Technology District since 2006 (AJ 21.11.2006).

In October 2010, Foster + Partners landed its second major scheme in the country after winning the contest to design a new corporate headquarters for the Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Architect’s view

Brandon Haw, senior partner, Foster+Partners

The Aleph is a building that is very much born of its place. From the traditional Buenos Aires house, which takes advantage of the climate to combine outdoor with indoor living, to the industrial architecture legacy of the Puerto Madero District, the Aleph creates a wonderful new living environment that is unique to the Faena Arts District.


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