Set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, Costa Rica might seem like the last country anyone would expect to find Brutalist architecture. Pre-fabricated concrete construction, however, allowed Central and South American architects to launch into the Modern world at low cost and on a grand scale. Although simple in plan and section, this social security administration building by the Nicaraguan born architect Alberto Linner Diaz has the look of a bold and complex concrete sculpture, its powerful character offset by colourful plants and swaying palms.
Jenaro Valverde Marin Building
San Jose, Costa Rica
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