The history of 4 iconic Buenos Aires houses that were converted into luxury projects

The history of 4 iconic Buenos Aires houses that were converted into luxury projects
The history of 4 iconic Buenos Aires houses that were converted into luxury projects


History runs through the streets of the city Buenos Aires, which exhibits throughout the city houses full of memory The walls are part of an eloquent architecture, which generates an enviable landscape in the internationally recognized city. However, a big question arises when meters for new projects become increasingly scarce and a decision becomes imminent: What direction should we give to old houses, which no longer fulfill the functions of yesteryear?

“History continues to be part of what happens, so it is not about tearing down these homes and generating something completely new, but rather the buildings that have value can be maintained, repurposed and used,” says Gustavo García Villanueva, architect and developer, commercial director of Urbantao, which is in the process of reconverting and enhancing an old mansion in the city.

From Caballito, to Recoleta, then The story of four mansions that are part of the city’s heritage and have historical protection is told. Through a readaptation process, we seek to recover their value, responding to the current context and re-inhabiting their spaces.

Five friends lived many years ago in the same building in Caballito, where they shared with other members of the neighborhood different activities, such as playing cards, friends club style. Recently, they were in the same life situation: the children grew up, they left the house. home, the spaces were large and the population of the building had changed, since some units were sold. However, Several of them were looking for a building where they could continue living that concept of a community of friends.

The building that converts the old house will have a total investment of at least US$2 million and will be delivered in December 2024Lepore Properties

“Hunger and the desire to eat” came together. Because? A 1930’s house located in the heart of the Caballito neighborhood, on 240 José Terry Street, famous for becoming one of the most sought-after party halls in the area in the 1980s. The property belonged to journalist Julio Blanck. However, the reporter became ill, died, and the property entered the tedious succession process.

The home It is preserved in its entirety, since it is classified as historical heritage As for the façade and some interiors, and will function as a space with a gastronomic offerwhich joins the one that exists today in the area of ​​Pedro Goyena Avenue. In addition, behind the house, a modern building stands.

The house maintains the original stained glass windows, wooden stairs, moldings and floors. The cars enter through the gate – the same one where carriages used to enter – and are parked behind the building or in a basement. “All this work, instead of alienating buyers, excited them. They liked the game with the old and the new. We sold several projects with these characteristics,” says Agustín Walger, director of Lepore properties in dialogue with THE NATION.

The Palazzo Terry built in 1930 in the Caballito neighborhood

The building, which will have a total investment of at least US$ 2 million and will be delivered in December 2024, it has three-room apartments on a ground floor, with the possibility of private patios, which may have a barbecue or a jacuzzi. Also units of 2 and 3 rooms over four floors, ranging from 50 to 82 m². From the fifth floor to the seventh, four four-room units are offered.with sizes ranging from 115 m² to 215 m² (some are delivered with grill and pergola). On the top floor there are also the amenities of the building, which provide everything to be able to generate the friends club space so sought after by its owners. The 2-room units average US$160,000, the 3-room units are at US$250,000, and the 4-bedroom units in duplex with terrace are at US$460,000.

It was 1913 when the Oneto Gaona family acquired a 1800 m2 mansion² located in Recoleta, on Uruguay Street, between Arenales and Santa Fe, where a large family consisting of 12 children resided. Next to the house there was a neighboring piece of land that the family also acquired., to have a driveway. They did not know that That same lot, 100 years later, would become a building that would add value to the house again.

Old houses: the front of the Oneto Gaona Mansion

The house was founded in 1878 and had its first stage until 1913, when it underwent an extension. In 1937 it underwent another expansion, until the day of todaymoment when A new intervention will be carried out to preserve the historical heritage and enhance its value.. “We want to give them a multiplicity of uses and be able to generate a residential and commercial complex that allows the heritage to be maintained, while adapting to the reality that we live in at this moment,” says Gustavo García Villanueva, commercial director of Urbantao.

On the land next to the house a building with 40 apartments, which will have between 60 and 80 m² with garages, with a price that starts at US$4,800/m².

For its part, the house will remain intact and the common spaces will be transformed into reading rooms, coworking and two high-end restaurants (one in the garage space and another in what was the living room of the home). On the upper floors of the house there will be 16 apartments of between 50 and 70 m², with prices starting at US$5,800 per m², and of which 90% are sold, with only 5 units available.

Aerial view of the old house located in RecoletaGustavo Garcia Villanueva

The land next to the house will be converted into a building with 40 apartmentsGustavo Garcia Villanueva

An interesting fact is that to access the gastronomic establishment, a public entrance will be enabled. “The idea is that it becomes a meeting point of the Arenales district,” says García Villanueva. The project is developed by Tao together with the Willie Zorzi architecture studio. Work is expected to begin in the coming months and they estimate that it will take a few two and a half years to execute the project.

The common spaces of the house will be transformed into reading rooms, coworking and two high-end restaurantsGustavo Garcia Villanueva

One of the Buenos Aires mansions, the Oneto Gaona Mansion

Built in 1916 by Axel Aberg Cobo, with the project of Walter Bassett-Smith and Bernie Collcuttthe Aberg Cobo mansion located on Las Heras Avenue at 1700, was also converted, preserving its most iconic features. Declared and cataloged as historical heritage with structural protection by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, A project to refunctionalize and enhance the value of the home was carried out, restoring its façade and other elements, and a modern building was added to the land. The project concluded two years ago and managed to revive the emblematic property.

It is a home which had completed its cycle as a home and, for some time, was rented as a party hall. However, There came a time when the family no longer had interest in continuing to exploit it and put the property up for sale.. “It was difficult, since these heritage properties usually have limited destinations and very special clients, perhaps they function as embassies,” says José Ignacio Miguens, developer associated with Rukan, in charge of the project and direction of the work. “They are large houses, in very good locations, with high sales values ​​and whose conversion requires a lot of investment.”, he adds.

The Aberg Cobo mansion on Las Heras Avenue

The developers They took advantage of the land to build a building that was located between the patio and the rear party wall. The 10 floors that were built contain 14 units with a glass front and a more contemporary design, which were intended for housing and offices, which have a size of 100 m² and are sold for a ticket of US$500,000.

For its part, In the mansion, the second and third floors, which originally corresponded to the service areas and bedrooms, were remodeled to become 16 apartments.some of which remained in the hands of the family that owned the home. Two units on the first floor were used for various uses: one of them is an art gallery and the other an architecture and urban planning academy.

Inside the iconic In the house, the living rooms on the first floor, the ground floor entrance, the staircase built by Nordiska, the elevator were kept intact.which was the first original Otis elevator in the City of Buenos Aires, and other notable areas of the home. The mansion and the contemporary building are orchestrated around the original patio that was preservedgenerating an interesting contrast between old and new, history and innovation.

The 10 floors that were built contain 14 units with a glass front and a more contemporary design

The house was declared as historical heritage with structural protection by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires

On the edge of the Recoleta neighborhoodnext to Plaza Rodríguez Peña, another proposal is erected whose DNA is also the encounter between ancient and modern. OM Recoleta is a 53,000 m² development that combines residences premium and business units with entrances on Callao Avenue and on Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear and amenities. This structure It integrates an old French-style mansion with a new building, connected inside the block by an 800 m² Berlin-style park.

A 14-story building with 98 residences is erected on Marcelo T de Alvear 1751some of them with a view of the Rodríguez Peña plaza, designed by the renowned landscaper Carlos Thays.

But The crown jewel of this project is located on Callao at 1033, where there is an emblematic French-style building from Buenos Aires at the beginning of the 20th century, which the developer Northbaires bought to refunctionalize and add value.combining European aesthetics with the 21st century.

Old houses: on Callao at 1033 there is an emblematic French-style building that will be valued to offer residential unitsGentleness

“The idea of ​​incorporating the building into the OM Recoleta complex arose from the intention of meeting a demand from a very exclusive public, who seeks in the neighborhood a classic aesthetic typical of the area, but with functionality updated that includes services, parkingrecreation, safety, comfort, features and finishes high end”explains Matías Botello, Sales Director of NorthBaires.

This legendary building has 6 residential units of 130 m² each, which were restored in a process that took three years and has a delivery date within 24 months., respecting its aesthetic intention and highlighting its original materials: recovered pitch pine floors, original marbles, large openings in arches and moldings, fireplaces and a style elevator that runs through the 6 floors. Each of these residences has heights greater than five meters and they sell for US$5000 per m². For its part, the units of the building located on Marcelo T de Alvear 1751 They have a ticket that starts at US$560,000 for 138 m² units and goes up to US$970,000 for 200 m² units. 87 of the 98 total units have already been sold. The average value per m² is US$4,500 and they will be delivered in May 2025.

The average value of the m2 of the building located on Callao is US$5000Gentleness
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