MINISTRY OF ECONOMY
National Competition
Montevideo, Uruguay


The competition brief called for a remodel and addition to the existing headquarters located in a landmark 19 century Beaux Arts building.

The proposed addition is connected to the old by means of an outdoor room covered with a retractable glass roof (“claraboya”) a giant version of the typical interior patios of the traditional Spanish and Italian houses that characterize the urban fabric of the capital.

The new exterior matches the gravitas of the existing but in a more neutral, abstract way.