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Niceto Vega 5924 / Jonathan Tyszberowicz + Diego Cherbenco

© Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia © Albano Garcia + 24

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Casa pingüinos / Carbone Arquitectos

© Bruto Studio © Bruto Studio © Bruto Studio © Bruto Studio + 33

Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architects: Carbone Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 260.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Spotlight: Clorindo Testa

Bank of London and South America. Image © Federico Cairoli
Bank of London and South America. Image © Federico Cairoli

Relatively unknown outside his home country, Clorindo Testa (December 10, 1923 – April 11, 2013) was one of Argentina’s most important 20th-century architects. Consistently defying categorization, Testa had a hand in two of Buenos Aires’ most iconic buildings, the Bank of London and South America, and the National Library, as well as many others throughout his long career. Characteristically enigmatic, Testa would only ever acknowledge Le Corbusier as an influence, saying, “I never paid attention to other architects.” As a former colleague Juan Fontana described, Testa spoke the language of brutalism with an Argentine accent.

Bridge+Boulevard Proposal for Buenos Aires Expo 2023 Wins International Competition

Under the theme of “Science, Innovation, Art, and Creativity for Human Development. Creative Industries in Digital Convergence”, Buenos Aires will host the Expo 2023. Estudio Aisenson + ASN/nOISE won the first prize in an international competition to create a bridge and a boulevard for the occasion.

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Tree House / Estudio Botteri-Connell

© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla © Gustavo Sosa Pinilla + 21

Buenos Aires, Argentina

These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in Latin America in 2019

Vienna, Austria has been ranked as the city with the best quality of life in the world for ten consecutive years. The ranking made by multinational consultancy Mercer is dominated by Western European cities in the highest positions, while Vancouver, Canada reached third place, becoming the highest-ranking city in North America for the last 10 years.

Casa Scout / BAAG

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architects: BAAG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 360.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

AD Classics: Bank of London and South America / Clorindo Testa + SEPRA

This article was originally published on October 19, 2015. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

The Bank of London and South America (Banco de Londres y América del Sud, or BLAS) in Buenos Aires defies convention and categorization, much like the architect primarily credited with its design, Clorindo Testa. A unique client relationship, guided by the bank’s staff architect Gerald Wakeham, and a supportive collaboration with the firm Sánchez Elía, Peralta Ramos and Agostini (SEPRA) resulted in a building that continues to evoke surprise and fascination.

PH Freire / Ignacio Szulman arquitecto

© Francisco Nocito © Francisco Nocito © Francisco Nocito © Francisco Nocito + 19

Buenos Aires, Argentina

ELEMENTAL Designs a Building/Bridge in Buenos Aires

ELEMENTAL, the architecture office led by Alejandro Aravena, has proposed a solution to the physical integration of Villa 31 in the city of Buenos Aires. The building includes a raised linear park that aims to be the new headquarters for the Southern Cone of the Inter-American Development Bank Group and to facilitate access of the residents of the neighborhood to other areas of the city.

Learn more about the project, below.

Fede House / Unoencinco Arquitectura

© Lucia Triolo © Lucia Triolo © Lucia Triolo © Lucia Triolo + 9

Buenos Aires, Argentina

These Are the 5 Most Colorful Cities in the Americas

The grays of concrete and pollution are not the only representation of cities and towns in the Americas. As perfect postcard material, many cities in the new world express the vibrancy of the people and places through color. HAUS, ArchDaily's partner, has selected five of these cities, which show us how color can bring light to the day-to-day life of cities.

PH-Dwelling / FRAM arquitectos + JES

© Fernando Schapochnik © Fernando Schapochnik © Fernando Schapochnik © Fernando Schapochnik + 19

Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architects: FRAM arquitectos, JES
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 50.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Which Cities Have the Most High-Rises?

The downtown skyline of a city is perhaps its most symbolic feature. The iconic cityscapes that we know and love are typically formed by skyscrapers, but much of the surrounding context is made up of other high-rise buildings. Yes, there is a difference between a skyscraper and a high-rise. Research company Emporis defines a high-rise as a building at least 35 meters (115 feet) or 12 stories tall. These high-rise buildings play a major role in the more sprawled urban context of larger cities today.

Read on for Emporis' list of the 20 cities in the world with the most high-rises. You might be surprised by which cities made the cut.

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Closed House / Felipe Gonzalez Arzac arquitecto

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

These Reflective Bricks Seek to Return Natural Light to Dense Neighborhoods

© Nathanaël Abeille © Nathanaël Abeille © Nathanaël Abeille © Nathanaël Abeille + 19

French designer, Nathanaël Abeille's metalized pieces in 'Proyecto Reflexión' shows how a building could reflect sunlight and share it with another building in some of the narrow spaces of Villa 21 de Barracas, Buenos Aires. These "metal bricks" came about as a combined team effort with architects Francisco Ribero and journalist Cecilia Fortunato.

Review the full project after the break.

Ecuestre House / Luciano Kruk

© Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden © Daniela Mac Adden + 28

Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Architects: Luciano Kruk
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 138.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017