Location: Campus Universitario Miguelete, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Type: Educational – Offices
Architects: A3 Luppi Ugalde Winter (Luppi Santiago Luis, Ugalde Javier Augusto, Winter Andrea Silvina )
Photographs: Alejandro Peral
The IIB (Instituto de Investigaciones Biotecnológicas),is located in the Campus Miguelete of the University of San Martín, province of Buenos Aires
The 4000m2 building houses science, education and research-related activities. This institute belongs of a master plan along with other educational, equipment and administrative buildings.
Beside the Mitre railroad tracks is developed longitudinally overlooking the Avenida 25 de Mayo, main artery of access to the campus.
This strong volumetric premise predominates over the building diversity of the Avenue and the speed of both vehicle and the railway transit.
Conceived as a forum for scientific and cultural exchanges, transcends its intended use as a laboratory into a building for the democratization of research and science.
The differential characteristic of this laboratory lies in the innovative concept of its laboratories plant, open and free where laboratories and job workstations are articulated by circulation areas and equipment and meetings spaces.
The building is structured through a ground floor and three floors. The ground floor develops as a great public space where are located the administrative sector, the theoretical classrooms, laboratories, school and auditorium with its English courtyard.
In genuine and transparent relationship with the campus green, the interior and exterior are mixed and the boundaries are blurred by generating the sensation of being in an open space.
The laboratories areas are located on the 1st and 2nd floor. Spacious and stripped buildings allow the development of research shelves. These spaces are supplied by specific venues with high degree requirements of security or technology. Areas of cell cultivation, bioregion, washes, freezers and refrigerators will gather around these large ships.
On 3 ° Floor are developed activities of leisure, dining room and bedroom for occasional visitors.
A Match Of Contrasts
A quick drawing of horizontal stripes and a mysterious black box converse in harmonious tension. The concrete becomes a plastic material, a tapestry drawn with the grooves of the formwork, highlighting texture tables and sanded strips.
Spans generate volume, sometimes the skin goes ahead and sometimes the empty and the full game is completed ahead with carpentry.
Lights and shadows assemble a dynamic design that changes as hours and seasons go.
From the strength of its morphology, the building is softly supported on the university promenade, almost transparent, leaving to enter the campus green. A large esplanade invites access. The mass of concrete is drilled differently toward the railroad tracks. Same concept, for another view speed and other indoor use, the lab building.
The interior is predominantly white and shines play a fundamental role. The divisions are virtually materialized by glass that limit but links at the same time. The use of color corresponds to the volumes of technical equipment and vertical circulation.
The IIB is a building that defies preset patterns for a laboratories program, where the raw material is cultural exchange expressed in the course of circulation and open spaces..
A building that combines a strong external volumetric presence with an interior where light limit spaces in a game of brightness and transparency.