Tivoli Building

The Tivoli building was built in 1962 and is located on Marina Avenue, Puente Ecuador sector. It is a medium-sized building, designed for residential use with nine stories high and two apartments per level. The location of the Tivoli building is at an intermediate point between the city downtown and the waterfront. Its interaction with the environment is minimal and it does not offer front gardens for the public. It has a rear parking lot and its first floor is constituted as a circulation space for the residents. The project did not contemplate a front garden, so it breaks into the berm.


It has some balconies that seem to detach from the building, which are projected onto the sidewalk above the pedestrian and vehicular flow. Its facade, moreover, is marked by completely glazed walls. Its north-west orientation allows its balconies to look completely towards the sea. The building features a three-strip facade combined with the structure. On the main floor, the building seeks to dialogue through its materials with the environment and the vegetation of the place. The slab, the structure and the reinforced concrete roof are part of the construction forms of the period.



Alfredo Colombo

Enrique Brieba

Victor Musante


The internal articulation of the building is designed to benefit the vertical circulation of the elevators with access to the hall. The separation of the stairs from the elevators seeks to provide some privacy to the residents. Although both spaces are connected by glass doors, the hall and some corridors have little access to natural light, which transforms them into spaces characterized by dim light. The staircase is presented in four sections that surround the void. In terms of aesthetic aspects, the proposal for the building is one of absolute austerity.


Its aesthetic lies in its simplicity. The access has a high-traffic yellow tiled floor that joins the narrow sidewalk, decompressing it. The vertical walls are covered with an aqua green mosaic, which accentuates the essence of light colors. In some interior parts, ivory-colored mosaics with rectangular characteristics appear. Although the geometric forms do not stand out in the aesthetic design of the building, they are vaguely present.


Regarding the use of materials, native wood stands out for the ceilings and hydraulic tiles for the floors. Granite on the stairs coexists with the use of metals such as aluminum profiles and steel railings. The use of bronze is distinguished in the elevators and in the apartment numbers.

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