SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP), in partnership with Consultatio Real Estate, presented their project for Buenos Aires titled “Catalinas Rio”, an office building on the banks of the La Plata River that is designed to double as a center of activity and expansion for the Catalinas Norte business district. With a plethora of public green spaces and two trapezoidal buildings linked by walkways and green terraces, the project aims to create a new and vibrant identity for the district and the city as a whole.
Construction is due to be completed in 2022.Catalinas Rio will occupy a significant part of the city’s newest sector called “Catalinas Norte II.” The project is a part of a master plan to expand the city’s business district by transforming unused land abandoned by the old railroad companies that once operated along the banks of the Plata River. By building onto these old railroad sites, the project expands the city’s coastal edge and creates a new urban destination, ultimately improving the public space. The project will occupy the largest piece of land in Catalinas Norte II – taking up 3 of the 6 plots allotted to the expansion of the district, all located along the city’s riverbank.