Tenaris University, Campana, Argentina – Caruso e Torricella Architetti

Tenaris University, Campana, Argentina

Program: auditorium hall for 450 people, classrooms for 364 people, meeting for 76 people, offices and facilities.
Size: 3,800 sqm (1,600 auditorium + 2,200 university building)
Status: completed in 2008

This project is part of Tenaris University, a continuous training program coordinated with Rice University and IMD for Tenaris employees, managers and directors, split in 4 main locations (Italy, Argentina, Mexico, Romania) and 8 learning centers in Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Usa, Romania, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Arab Emirates. Campana’s schedule is characterized by “Induction camp”, “International orientation” and “Management development program”.
The project completely redesigns an old oxygen-manufacturing plant.
The main volume of the former plant has been maintained to function as the auditorium and is completely re-covered in aluminum cladding.
The internal structural arcades are preserved, along with the multitude of layers of color and finishes that, over time, accumulated in the space.
Two additional volumes were added alongside the main volume to house facilities. One volume, housing the foyer and cafeteria, is a structure made entirely of glass. The other volume, in contrast, is made entirely of concrete and contains the building facilities including the catering kitchen, bathrooms, technical rooms and orators’ room.