Urbanism Projects

Bicentennial Pavilion

Over the past 200 years, different facts have driven Argentina to suffer several changes. Some have made it collapse and others made it move forward.

When projecting the Argentine Bicentennial Pavilion, we aimed at reflecting this historical past somehow.
We believe that facts are not isolated; on the contrary, they only make sense in their relation with each other, like chain links do. That is why, far from seeing them as isolated facts, we decided to connect each of them with the previous and following event in time.

We outlined a pavilion reflecting the history period between 1810 and 2010. Therefore, we proposed a cover based on a previous study of historical facts, where facts that according to us are the most outstanding ones become particularly important. Columns, apart from functioning as support, emphasize the importance of these main facts.

The project uses a considerable part of the proposed area at the 3 de Febrero Park to build a pavilion where inner spaces are protected by this great cover, which also provides shelter for eventual outdoor activities.

We favored the opening to the park and not to Libertador Avenue, thus framing the monument to Nicolás Avellaneda, who was a leading figure of the city history. The interior space proposed, in addition to the adjacent service area, may be adapted to different programmatic needs. Exhibition panels were conceived as support tools in exhibitions as well as a darkening system – if necessary- as well.

We projected spaces completely built out of wood and concrete, which reflects the Argentinean identity we wanted to transmit. We proposed using a polyethylene canvas to cover the pavilion to get a closed space when necessary and at the same time to offer -the possibility to see inner spaces against the light from either the 3 de Febrero Park or Libertador Avenue. For the main exhibition area, the time-line itself, we applied plotter techniques for the visitor to go over the succession of spaces being able to have both a sensorial and intellectual perception.

Argentina’s 200 years of history may be toured on a linear axis along the pavilion, where time lines are organized one next to the other one, each of them reflecting key economic, cultural, military, sports, political and international facts.


Team: BAM! + Lucas Torres Aguero + Magdalena Mosquera


Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina.