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Magaldi and Unamuno Squares / Galpón Estudio

  • 01:00 - 30 December, 2014
  • Translated by Lorena Quintana
Magaldi and Unamuno Squares / Galpón Estudio
Magaldi and Unamuno Squares / Galpón Estudio, © Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Pedro N. Arata, Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Ramiro Gallardo, Gustavo Nielsen, Max Zolkwer
  • Competition Collaborators

    Leticia Balacek, Florencia Bernal, Sebastian Marsiglia, Doris Gabriela Torres Ferrer
  • Project Collaborators

    Martín Groba, Anabela Roitman, Juliana Hernández
  • Collages

    Andrés Sandoval, María Betania Camacho
  • Advisors

    Camilo Policastro
  • Structural Advisor

    Ingeniero Diego Vizzón
  • Plumbing Advisor

    Julio César Blanco
  • Lighting Advisor

    Fabián Rigacci
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© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas

Text description provided by the architects. Two squares lost in the intricate grid of Barracas, Unamuno and Magaldi, have a new face. Both are virtually hidden: the unorthodox grid of the perimeter makes them virtually invisible. This special situation of irregularity of the classic plot of Buenos Aires (a project by Fermín Bereterbide), creates an intimate atmosphere, as an interior courtyard.

© Javier Agustín Rojas
© Javier Agustín Rojas

The squares are cut off, so that the project homogenizes their floorings, games, facilities, vegetation. Two pergolas in Unamuno, and one in Magaldi, are laid out emphasizing the special spatial situation, also functioning as a signal on an urban scale: pergolas indicate that in these block interiors there is a public space. Pergolas also indicate the dry area of the square, where there is table tennis, chess, and rest areas.


The original project, the first prize in a competition in 2008, also included the leveling of streets and sidewalks creating what is commonly referred to as "living streets" and thus achieving to extend the space of the square to the facades of the houses. For budgetary reasons, in addressing the construction in 2013, this and other minor operations were not completed.

Courtesy of Galpón Estudio
Courtesy of Galpón Estudio

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Cite: "Magaldi and Unamuno Squares / Galpón Estudio" [Plazoletas Magaldi y Unamuno / Galpón Estudio] 30 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quintana, Lorena) Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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