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Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Buenos Aires has never been part of the ambition to own the tallest building on Earth. Nevertheless, in the last decade, many skyscrapers appeared on the Puerto Madero skyline. Now, a hotel chain will build a 235 meters tower on the neighborhood. Architect Santiago Tarasido is in charge of the project of the Alvear Tower which should be finished by the end of 2016.

Seven of the ten tallest skyscrapers of Buenos Aires City were built after 2007. One of the reasons why Argentina never had tall buildings is because the preferred material is concrete, and it is very hard to pump concrete further than 100 meters high. Most of the tallest towers in the world are made of steel, a better material for this purpose.

Among the tallest building in Buenos Aires are: Le Parc Tower (157 meters tall), YPF Building (160 meters tall), Kavanagh Building (our first skyscraper, 136 meters tall), Libertador 4444 (135 meters tall), Galicia Central (145 meters tall), Bulnes & Ruggeri Building (150 meters tall) and El Faro Towers (160 meters tall). These architectural marvels are far from world records such as the Burj Khalifa Tower (828 meters tall), the Taipei 101 (508 meters tall), the Shanghai World Financial Center (492 meters tall) and the Petronas Towers (451,9 meters tall).

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