“Sede CAF Región Sur” is the result of a national architecture competition promoted by the Development Bank of Latin-American and sponsored by the local government of Montevideo in 2012.
By terms and conditions of the contest, a mix-used program building was required, in the historic city center of Montevideo - the “Old City”- a sector full of history and strong urban symbols, next to the limit with the “New Expanded City”.
The Bank headquarters, a cinema complex for “Cinemateca Uruguaya”, the relocation of the historic “FunFun” bar, 150 public parking lots and public changing rooms, are the main project areas. The conditioning and recovery of the immediate urban environment are key requirements of the entire proposal. The biggest challenge then was to achieve coexistence within a single building and urban space, such diverse functional requirements.
In the location behind the Solís Theater, there was an existing building, the Former Central Market, which was almost abandoned and deteriorated, as well as its nearby public spaces.
The conceptual basis on which the project was generated is based on 6 key points:
Preserve the existing building; Physically separate the different architectural programs; Incorporate public space inside the built volume; To extend the built footprint; Unify the previously separated architectural programs; Generate a continuous platform of public and semi-public spaces.
As a result, a building with some formal neutrality is obtained resulting in a simple but forceful proposal, a central and internal urban space to the building, which becomes the articulator of the programs and a new space for public use in the area; and a platform that is not only pavement but also sewing of the different cultural and recreational activities as well as administrative activities developed in the area.