July 01 2014

The First Public Building Green Façade in Buenos Aires, Argentina

As presented in numerous previous posts, the City of Buenos Aires has embarked on a series of measures towards comprehensive green management policies.

With the recently approved Green Roofs law, the expansion of bike paths, and zero waste plans, the current government has taken sustainability practices as part of its ideology. Therefore, when it was announced that they would be advancing sustainability in a public building it was more than symbolic of the city’s new perspective.

The Public Prosecutor building, Ministerio Público Fiscal, located in the Paseo Colón Avenue, at the heart of Buenos Aires, was chosen as the first of many public buildings to undergo “greening.”

When the idea came from the government, the Architecture studio of García-Balza & González – authors of the project – were already working on the comprehensive program of signage and façade graphics for the new headquarters of the building of the institution. Then the request for greening arrived and the idea of ​​a vertical garden arose in order to complement the quality of the façades being designed.

Render of the Façades and Green walls of the project, Buenos Aires

We did not want to design more graphics or dividing banners like the ones already in the city. Then we came to an alternative that would avoid contributing to the visual pollution of the environment, and at the same time be transformed into a device for improving the environment and quality of the urban landscape.” says García-Balza.

These type of graphic banners are common even in government buildings:

Graphic Banner with Pope Francis, Buenos Aires

The area is strongly affected by pollution due to its proximity to the avenue and the great arteries of traffic flow, so the idea was immediately accepted by the Department of Infrastructure and Operational Support of the Public Prosecutor Ministry and the feasibility of the project was studied and approved.

Render of the Green Wall project - NIGHT, Buenos Aires

The vertical garden will occupy 500 square meters, with a light structure, roofing felts adapted to vegetation, and a hydroponic irrigation system. Also, the vegetation includes a large number of native plant species to strengthen the environmental impact of the garden.

To be built in 2015, this building promises to be one of a kind and a referent for future interventions for greening government buildings.

Render of the project, Buenos Aires

Are there any buildings with green facades in your city or a city you’ve visited? If so, which is your favorite? 

Credits: Images provided by García Balza & González, Estudio de Diseño. Data linked to sources.

Luis Lozano-Paredes

Luis Lozano-Paredes is currently a student seeking a Diploma of Architecture and Urban Planning at Belgrano University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born in Colombia in 1987, he grew between the cities of Bogotá and Santiago de Cali, and then moved to Argentina in 2006. There, he finished the Common Basic Cycle of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires before pursuing studies in Landscape Design at the same Institution. Inspired by the Urban Transformation of Bogotá in the past decades, his interests evolved from Landscape Architecture to his current passion; Urban Planning, Policy Making, and Sustainable Development. He plans to continue his studies in Urban Planning and Sustainability in Canada, Chile, or the U.S.; but for the moment he currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center of Metropolitan Transport Studies of the University of Buenos Aires and is a Member of the Observatory of Urban Sustainability at Belgrano University. Luis’ main interests lay within the study of Smart Cities, Urban Sustainable Development, and Social Architecture in Latin America.

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