morini arquitectos has added a distinctive concrete tower to a university campus in argentina, originally masterplanned by césar pelli in 1999. conceived as a visual landmark for the school, the tall structure is perforated with a variety of geometric apertures that openly display the building’s internal activity. located in the city of córdoba, the tower contains a series of workshops and laboratories, which employ unconventional teaching techniques and technologies.

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all images by gonzalo viramonte

 

 

consequently, the ‘experimenta 21 tower’ — photographed here by gonzalo viramonte — has been designed to express the school’s ‘unconventional’ and ‘disruptive’ character. existing in perpendicular contrast to the remainder of the campus, the concrete structure affords simple, yet flexible internal layouts articulated around a vertical void that rises through the building. this gesture also provides and ensures natural light and ventilation.

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a variety of geometric apertures display the building’s internal activity

 

 

using sliding formwork, and 14 days of continuous concrete pouring, the building’s 41 meter-tall structural façade was completed in just two weeks. viewed from the workshops, the prefabricated and pre-stressed slabs were mounted on metal brackets fixed to the perimeter partitions. the rest of the building, including its interior store front, was realized through a metallic structure of rolled profiles, assembled on site with bolted joints.

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the tower has been conceived as a landmark for the school

 

 

in order to reduce the project’s carbon footprint, the architects sought to maximize natural light, while reducing thermal loss. all rainwater is stored in a rooftop cistern where it descends through the concrete walls of the courtyards before being collected. the water accumulates in a transparent tank — that doubles as the entrance hall’s roof — and is circulated back to the upper reservoir in a continuous cycle.

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the structure contains a series of workshops and laboratories

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the building’s 41 meter-tall façade was completed in just two weeks

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the university’s campus was masterplanned by architect césar pelli

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the tunnel-like entrance leading inside the building

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a vertical void rises through the building

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the ‘vertical courtyard’ provides natural light and ventilation

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openings in the façade provide views out across the campus

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a meeting room at one of the tower’s upper levels

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the building’s seemingly random fenestration becomes more apparent at night

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the university is located in the argentinean city of córdoba

 

 

project info:

 

name: edificio experimenta 21 / experimenta tower 21
location: córdoba, argentina
client: fundación universidad empresarial siglo 21
dates: 2015 – 2016.
total area: 1,550 sqm

 

project management: morini arquitectos
partners in charge: lucio morini, sara gramatica, and jorge morini
project manager: arq. adrián castagno.
project coordination: arq. luciano barrionuevo demaría
photography: arq. gonzalo viramonte

 

collaborating architects: luciano bonelli, florencia tremsal massa, daniel guerrero, cecilia mariel villarreal, julia garayoa, mariana pelliza, juan pablo ramírez, laura piantoni, adolfo cerros, claudia scabuzzo

 

advisors: larsson ingeniería (concrete), fragueiro & novillo ings. (structural calculation and foundations), ing. juan ferreyra (calculation of metal structure), arq. hugo pasetti (thermomechanical), ing. miguel carando (elevators), ing. miguel toledo (electrical installation), ing. alberto perelló (fire prevention systems), arq. javier camandona (illumination), víctor barrera (curing and materialization of facade concrete)

 

business consultants: romax S.R.L., ID S.R.L., MSI argentina, impianti S.R.L, mangupli y CIA S.A, isaias goldman, G&A ascensores, cerramientos y estructuras S.A, procons S.R.L., capa S.R.L.

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