trees grow through a renovated working space in buenos aires

trees grow through a renovated working space in buenos aires

octava arquitectura presents the renovation of a derelict stable in palermo argentina, dating back to the early twentieth century. the structure now hosts a fluid working space for rappi argentina, a company which offers shipment services by bicycle. in respect for the heritage building, the preexisting characteristics of the façade and interiors were maintained. such elements include original doors, metal substructure, marble, glass and vegetation. the organization of the plan comprises one central and two lateral naves. the main nave, hosting the primary work space, expresses a vaulted sunlit ceiling and large trees which grow naturally through the interior.

rappi argentina office
all images by gonzalo viramonte



the rappi argentina office space by ocatava arquitectura integrates the naturally growing vegetation, enhancing the organic elements with a palette of green and white. on either side of the central nave are two side aisles which make up meeting rooms, closed offices, a dining room and restrooms. the materiality of the project consists of stained green wood veneer, meshed glass, and smoothed cement.

rappi argentina office

rappi argentina office rappi argentina office rappi argentina office rappi argentina office rappi argentina office rappi argentina office



project info:


project title: oficinas rappi argentina

architecture: octava arquitectura

lead architects: micaela casoy and paula de falco

location: palermo, buenos aires, argentina

built area: 770 square meters

completion: 2019

photography: gonzalo viramonte


    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    504,284 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample
    designboom magazine