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Banco Hipotecario Buenos Aires

Formerly called the Banco de Londres building.

In 1959 a contest was held for the project at the invitation of the Headquarters of the Bank of London and South America. The land was located on a street corner in downtown Buenos Aires, where the financial activity was booming.

The winning design was submitted by the team Clorindo Testa, associated with S. E. P. R. A society, composed of architects: Elia Sanchez, Peralta Ramos and Agostini.

This project, for its urban architectural approach, is one of the most original, bold and far-reaching of the international architecture of the 60s. Source

Clorindo Manuel José Testa (December 10, 1923 – April 11, 2013) was an Italian-Argentine architect and artist.

Testa was one of the leaders of the Argentine rationalist movement and one of the pioneers of the brutalist movement in Argentina.[citation needed] His style as an architect has always been influenced by his artistic nature, with projects dominated by the effects of colour, tension, metaphors and plasticity; these aspects are well illustrated in his designs for the Biblioteca Nacional de la República Argentina and the Banco de Londres building in Buenos Aires. Wikipedia

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Unknown member
Sep 13, 2022

Just to add to your knowledge I was born in Buenos Aires. But this project took place after my birth and after we had left the country.

Gethin Thomas
Gethin Thomas
Sep 13, 2022
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Wow, never knew that. You got around a bit as a newborn.🙂

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