Florida Building

Montevideo, Uruguay

The Florida Building is more than a parking building, it is a structure that enables spaces and takes the opportunity to understand its strategic location in a vibrant urban environment.

It belongs to the urban surroundings of Plaza Independencia, one of the most emblematic spaces of the city of Montevideo, where the seat of the government and the financial, cultural and historical center of the city is located, a place of intense urban dispute for parking spaces.

So, during the day, the building will respond to a high commercial and institutional demand for services with commercial programs located on the ground floor. Above it, several floors are occupied by parking spaces.  

On the last floor and on the rooftop, various activities are possible, such as leisure and gastronomy, responding to the vibrant and typical night life of the area.

Materially, the Florida Building was conceived entirely as a detailed system of pre-fabricated and assembled parts.

Its prefabricated structure, composed of 140 pillars, 1,050 beams and tensioners and more than 30,000 joints, bolts and lamps, were produced in China and transported by ship to Uruguay. The on-site installation of all the structural components together with the opaque precast facades of GRC (Reinforced Concrete with Glass) and steel deck slabs were assembled in only a few months of construction.

Internally and externally, the project aims to transcend what is normally understood as space for the car. Its dimensions and finishes, a delicate appearance to its structure and the subtle relationship to the surroundings allowed by its translucent facade, contribute to a more complex, hybrid and friendly city for all. 

Authors: Luciano Andrades, Matías Carballal, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado

Project team: Pablo Courreges, Martina Pedreira, Diego Morera, Emiliano Lago, Fabián Sarubbi, Sebastián Lambert, Emilia Dehl, Alejandro Cuadro, Victoria Muniz, Flavio Faggion, Diamela Meyer, Sandra Rodríguez, Agustín Dieste, João Bernardi, Helena Utzig, Lucas Marques, Débora Boniatti, Juliana Colombo, Amanda Cappelatti, Pedro Reichelt, Lilian Wang, Thomas Dusseux

Photography: Javier Agustín Rojas, Aldo Lanzi
Drone: Javier Agustín Rojas
Construction company: TEYMA
Structure design: RDA Engenharia
Soil analysis: Insuelos
Sanitation project: Ing. Alejandro Curcio
Lighting and electrical project: Eng. José Pedro Podestá
Thermal conditioning project: Ing. L. Lagomersino & Asociados
Fire detection and extinction project: Ing. L. Lagomersino &