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Mar del Plata



The District Headquarters building of the College of Psychologists of the province of Buenos Aires is located on Castelli Street between 14 de Julio and Dorrego. The environment is characterized by having a low-density heterogeneous growing tissue.



The project seeks to contribute to consolidating the urban morphology in development and, in turn, emphasize the institutional character of the building. It was decided to complete the buildable volume and emerge a pregnant box of glass and concrete.


The public character of the building is accentuated on the ground floor by the transparency of the boundary, allowing the depth of the lot to be perceived from the outside, generating a continuous space between the semi-covered area on the sidewalk, the access hall, the administrative area, authorities, board of directors and the park. Architectural proposal


Stageability: The project seeks to provide a response that meets an essential requirement of the bases of this contest, stageability.


Our proposal is that the resulting building in each of the stages has a contemporary institutional image. We intend to obtain the highest performance from the lot, resolving the staging of the building proposed in the bases, so that it provides flexibility to the financing of the construction. ​


First stage. The bases define as the first necessity and therefore the first instance of construction, the Multipurpose Room with its respective services and access hall. We located the SUM on the first floor, and the entrance hall on the ground floor, so that the building will have an institutional image from the first instance. It is expected that the multipurpose room will have the appropriate proportions and conditions to be able to function subdivided if necessary. ​ Second stage.


The second stage, made up of the Administration, the Library and the Board of Directors, is resolved as a completion of the ground floor. In this way, not only the constructive instances of the building and its institutional image are resolved, but formal and functional coherence is also achieved in the result of the second stage. The day-to-day operational functions remain located on the ground floor, articulated by an access hall with the public road and in turn with the multipurpose room located on the upper floor.


Third stage. The third stage, composed of Classrooms and Clinics, is arranged on the second floor and resolves the location of four clinics, two classrooms and their respective services, being able to add two more classrooms through an exception treatment in the municipality.

Fourth stage. The Quincho is located on a semi-buried floor, functioning independently from the rest of the building, and can be built during any of the aforementioned stages or as a final stage and having a very direct relationship with the park. With this match, the building considerably reduces costs with respect to avoiding the burying of the multipurpose room and obtains an institutional image in each of its stages. Sustainability. Having only the barbecue area below the plot level makes it possible for 50% of the surface of the lot to be absorbent surface. This allows for grass in the park and tree species that will provide the project with important landscape value. Towards the Northeast façade there is a system of aluminum sunshades that filter the light. All of the first-class environments, offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, offices and offices have ventilation and natural lighting.



The building is defined by traditional construction, with a reinforced concrete structure, 18 cm thick hollow brick masonry, A-30 new type aluminum carpentry with airtight double glazing, aluminum sunshades and leveled concrete floors. The choice of materials is made to obtain a low-maintenance contemporary building as a result. The budget is developed differently for each of the stages.​


Project description:

​ Place: Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Authors: Architect Gustavo Aranguren - Architect Mariel Cámara - Architect Ezequiel Muñoz.

Year: 2014

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