Pointing toward Mid-century architecture

Summer vacation resorts are not all about beaches and partying;  there is time for some exploration of mid-century architecture.  There is a beach resort in Uruguay called Punta del Este (translates to point of the east) where there is large number of modernism architecture buildings made famous by Mies van der Rohe starting in the 1930’s.

Punta (as it is commonly referred to) consisted primarily of single family homes until the mid 1950’s when the construction of the Vanguardia Building began in mid-1950’s.  These large buildings with their large footprint quickly lost favor due to the shadows they created and their disproportionate size to the predominantly single family homes that surrounded it.

 

GUILLERMO GOMEZ PLATERO. Edificio Puerto – 1957

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GUILLERMO JONES ODRIOZOLA. Edificio Peninsula – 1957

apc_3842WALTER PINTOS RISSO. Edificio Santos Dumont – 1957

 

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Edificio Vanguardia (Julio C. Aranda Architect)

In the 1960’s a combination of backlash to buildings such as the Vanguardia, height restrictions and architectural trends made Punta pivot toward low-rise modernist architecture.  These buildings where characterized by a clean and visible structural frame, simple rectilinear interior spaces.  The ground floors usually comprise of a small and very visible lobby, highlighted structural elements and the balance of the covered area below the building used for parking.  These structural elements where essential parts of the design and aesthetics of the building.

For links to a Google map indicating the general location of these buildings click here and here.

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EDIFICIO CONTINENTAL – UNKNOWN ARCHITECT

R. MARMIERCA GORI. Edificio Fontaine – 1978

 

WALTER PINTOS RISSO. Edificio Il Campanile – 1960

WALTER PINTOS RISSO. Edificio Pine Beach – 1960

OTHER BUILDINGS FROM UNKNOWN ARCHITECTS – 1960’s and 70’s

AND THE ONE THAT STOOD OUT THE MOST FOR ITS ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN THE STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

 

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