La Ciudad Agrícola+ expand detail
Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 acres / 4 hectares
La Ciudad Agrícola brings together the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and three related federal agencies in a leafy campus setting. Preserving historic built elements and well-established trees of a century-old property, the campus will feature a verdant central garden of ornamental and fruit trees.
The 10-acre campus is located at the southern end of Puerto Madero, a riverfront neighborhood of Buenos Aries. Formerly an animal quarantine station, the gated property contains several of the original buildings, a dense area of mature trees, and cobblestone paths. Some of these features, such as the iron fence, a number of the walkways, and many of the trees, will be incorporated into the new development. One row of the old quarantine buildings along the edge of the property will be retained and reused as a museum of agriculture.
In addition to offices for the four agencies, the campus will include shared amenities for 5,000 employees including a cafeteria, learning center, and daycare. The four office buildings will be interconnected by a gallery, a covered walkway that allows easy movement between buildings. Each building has a different form but all have a sloping top and gently curving façades that offer impressive views of the city, the riverfront nature reserve Reserva Ecológica, and the Rio de la Plata. Horizontal sunshades cast shadows to accentuate the curving facades. The three shorter buildings and the gallery have green roofs that contribute to the environmental sustainability of the campus by slowing heat absorption and surface runoff.
Established trees and new plantings define the campus. Near the main campus entrance is a wooded area with cockspur coral, rosewood and silk floss trees. The master plan keeps this area intact, along with magnificent groups of sycamore in the central garden and a row of poplars parallel to the quarantine buildings. Fruit trees in the central garden recall Argentina’s agricultural yields and the work of the agencies on the grounds. Plum, orange, and peach trees will accentuate the campus north-south axis and showcase the research of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, whose offices are on the campus.