Montecarlo II

Montecarlo II Building

The Montecarlo Complex was built in 1962 and is located on 6 Norte Street, San Martín sector. Its proximity to the coastline is one of its greatest attractions.


Responding to one of the premises of the modern movement, that of building a city through its projects, this proposal takes over an entire block and proposes two building bodies that leave a perimeter space for green areas for collective use, with access to a wide inner courtyard from the east. It is perhaps one of the most interesting proposals for articulation with public space.



Abrahan Schapira S.
Luis Messina
Raquel Eskenazi R.


Its northeast orientation allows it to make good use of the light, except for the south facade, which in its search for sunlight develops a formal proposal of high aesthetic value, with a clear influence from the Bauhaus movement.


The orientation of its two buildings and a large perimeter garden dialogue harmoniously with sunlight that allows the sensation of an inhabited square. On the floors of blocks A, B, C and D, the building opted for a commercial use that favors the circulation of people, guaranteeing the dynamics of the public-private space that was favored by the proximity to a very busy avenue. In turn, inside the block, the buildings house a more intimate space, where residents develop more private uses and at another time they could even enjoy a swimming pool.


The set of buildings was divided into two administrations, which implies the independent maintenance of both structures. The analysis focused on the block facing south west.


The Montecarlo II building has a flexible facade along its body. The structure reaches eight stories. On its main facade, the balconies, provide added value to the design, since it proposes challenging overhangs that achieve a physical and aesthetic lightness that dialogue with strips of black acrylic, its dynamic arrangement is presented in ascending modules of three and its railings built on thin asbestos plates suspended on slender steel structures, they contribute to the modulation of the facade. Another interesting aspect is the stairs that go up the north facade to the roof, as well as the water tanks that seem to hang from the ceiling. The use of colors is based on provoking the contrast between the balconies and the walls. On the side facing the sea, it has a thinner and more glazed facade.


Inside it presents a striking ceiling, built with a series of barrel vaults that is in tune with the ceilings of the flights of stairs. The hall seeks to move away from the common areas through a threshold. The stairs are made up of two sections fed by a translucent sky. In the same corridor opposite the scale, there are the elevators. The decoration is marked by green and ivory colored mosaics that enter into a constant game with the supply of natural light. As for its materials, wood is used in handrails and railings, glass, steel and granite is used in stair floors. It is important to add that a large part of the terminations have been replaced, which prevents an appreciation based on historical terms and equity valuation.

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