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抵当国立銀行National Mortage Bank

Photo: Celeste Najt

Photo: Celeste Najt

Downtown Buenos Aires is characterized by its narrow streets, usually populated by thousands of people who work in the area everydayブエノスアイレスのダウンタウンは、毎日多くのサラリーマンで溢れかえっている。その狭い通りに建つ特徴的な建物が抵当国立銀行だ。昔のロンドン銀行であり、建築家のクロリンド・テスタによって設計されたものである。
外観は合理的なデザインに基づいたコンクリートで、幾何学的な穴が目に留まる。同じくクロリンドが建てた国立図書館の外観に非常に良く似ている。どちらも空間的で古めかしい雰囲気を醸し出し、淡い青のブラインドが自然に馴染んでいる。プエルト・マデロや大統領府も近いので、訪れるのならとても静かな週末がおススメだ。

Banco Hipotecario Nacional (National Mortage Bank)
住所:101 Calle Reconquista, Downtown, Buenos Aires
http://www.hipotecario.com.ar

Text and photo: Celeste Najt
Translation: Kazunari Hongo
. In number 100 Reconquista Street the present-day Banco Hipotecario Nacional (National Mortgage Bank) — ex-London Bank— is located; a unique piece of work produced by architect Clorindo Testa.

The building dates from 1960 and the concession for its construction was won after a bid. The winners were Testa group and S.E.P.R.A, a society created by architects Sanchez Elía, Peralta Ramos and Agostini.

The outside of the building is made of concrete, following a rationalist design. The broad geometrical holes in the outdoor walls are its hallmark. It inevitably reminds the onlooker of the National Library — also a work by Clorindo Testa — which is aesthetically quite similar to the building in Reconquista Street. Both are somewhere between a spatial and old-fashioned air and combine the natural colour of concrete with a bright light-blue shade.
In the 6-storey building there are offices decorated with furniture and armchairs that follow the aesthetic lines outside the Bank.

This impressive building is a must for downtown walkers, ideal to be visited in the weekend, when the area is really quiet. Its closeness to Puerto Madero and the Presidential Palace render a complete tour of the area indispensable.

Banco Hipotecario Nacional (National Mortage Bank)
Address: 101 Calle Reconquista, Downtown, Buenos Aires
http://www.hipotecario.com.ar

Text and photo: Celeste Najt
全国抵押银行 (National Mortage Bank)
地址:101 Calle Reconquista, Downtown, Buenos Aires
http://www.hipotecario.com.ar

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