Banking out east

This 3-story mid-century modernist building comprises of a ground floor bank branch of the Banco Republica Oriental del Uruguay (BROU), 2 floors of offices and a caretaker apartment in the rear.  Its unique exterior combines terracotta tiles sandwiching a window wall system held up by exposed structural elements that make it feel like the building is suspended in midair.  It is located in the commercial center of Punta del Este, Uruguay on it’s main commercial street.

Designed by Mario Paysse Reyes; this architect was born in Uruguay in 1913 and spent a year in the US as an MIT teacher and working with renown architects such as  Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, Richard Neutra, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Erich Mendelsohn, Walter Gropius.

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Paysee Reyes work spanned more than four decades and many property types.  He designed, among many other properties, the Uruguayan embassies in both Argentina and Brazil.

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The now shuttered Uruguay Embassy to Argentina

 

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Uruguay Embassy; Brasilia, Brazil

 

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