Bicentennial Civic Center Province of Córdoba, Argentina Architecture, Images

Centro Cívico del Bicentenario Córdoba

Administrative Complex Building Argentina – design by GGMPU Arquitectos + Lucio Morini

27 Apr 2014 – new larger photos of this building added to this page

Bicentennial Civic Center in Córdoba

Design: GGMPU Arquitectos + Lucio Morini

Location: Province of Córdoba, Argentina

Bicentennial Civic Center in Córdoba Building


The Bicentennial Civic Center will be the first administrative complex to have been designed specifically for that end by the Province of Córdoba, Argentina.

Centro Cívico del Bicentenario Córdoba
photo : Claudio Manzoni

It is located on the edge of the historic center of the city, on a lot that used to belong to the railway tracks. One of its sides, measuring more than 700 meters, was adjacent to the River Suquia, and constituted a physical barrier drastically separating the neighborhoods on both sides of the river.

Centro Cívico del Bicentenario Córdoba
photo : Claudio Manzoni

This new urban operation will help diminish the image of the river as backyard of the city, thus transforming the whole sector into a new downtown front.

Centro Cívico del Bicentenario Córdoba
photo : Claudio Manzoni

In order to enhance this transformation, new vehicular infrastructure consisting of two bridges across the river and connecting roads has been built; and the landscaping of the River Suquia Promenade -started many years ago- has been completed. The Civic Center will be built in three stages; stage one (which has recently been completed) consists of two buildings, A and B.

Centro Cívico del Bicentenario Córdoba
photo : GGMPU Arquitectos + Lucio Morini

Building A

A medium-rise building housing the ministries dominates the complex: a faceted prism made out of concrete. It is based on a square cuboid 45 meters high and with a side measuring 26 meters, which at a height of 16 meters suffers a 20-degree rotation. This movement generates a more complex morphology based on triangles, which in turn produces a very particular play of shadows and light.

Bicentennial Civic Center Córdoba
photo : Claudio Manzoni

To avoid the flat character present in the early studies for the triangular facades produced by the rotation, a series of geometric rhomboid-based combinations were explored in order to instill tri-dimensionality to the very planes of the facades. The prism is placed over a shallow pool, which can easily be emptied to work as a civic plaza housing events.

Bicentennial Civic Center in Córdoba
photo : Claudio Manzoni

Building B

In contrast with Building A, Building B is a horizontal slab and houses administrative functions. It is placed over a concrete base incorporating parking and areas that foster interrelationships and social events. Its language is related to that of Building A, including the rhomboids but changing their scale.

Bicentennial Civic Center in Córdoba
photo : Claudio Manzoni

On top of this rests a green volume, which is enclosed by a metal mesh enabling deciduous vines to climb freely. The vines help regulate temperature, allowing sunshine to reach the building in winter while sheltering it in the summer. The roof is also green and is covered by grass and flowers. The extension of this building means there is a large area free of partitions so that offices can be arranged as desired.

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photos : Claudio Manzoni

The Governor´s house is placed over this plane and consists of a single story freestanding object with mirror-clad faces, with alternating reflections of the sky and the green plane over which it rests. In a second stage of the project the administrative area will be completed, and a Convention Center will be built as a third and final stage.

This Convention Center will be partially buried, and will take the shape of an artificial, grass-covered hill, in continuity with the adjacent landscaped areas.

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photos : Leonardo Finotti

Centro Cívico del Bicentenario Córdoba – Building Information

Location: Córdoba, Argentina
Client: Government of the Province – Córdoba
Completion / construction: 2011-12
Architects: GGMPU Arquitectos – Gramática/Morini/Pisani/Urtubey + Lucio Morini
Project Manager: Arq. Guillermo Pozzobón

Collaborators: Arqs. Julia Garayoa, Adrián Castagno, Verónica Gordillo, Diego Andres Gómez, Mariana Pelliza, Guadalupe Daher, Cecilia Villareal, Luciana Antonucci, Agustín Elies, Gonzalo Manzanares
Consultants: Fragueiro & Novillo Ings., Arq. H. Pasetti, Ingenia, Tecnoseguridad, M. Mangupli & CIA, Peusso , Twins Ingenieria, Vanoli & Associates, Decibel, Tecno Riego, Del Bianco & Associates
Building area: 24.781,60m2
Construction Company: ELECTROINGENIERIA S.A

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photos : GGMPU Arquitectos + Lucio Morini

Centro Cívico del Bicentenario Córdoba images / information from GGMPU Arquitectos / Lucio Morini, 5 Dec 2012

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