Executive Tower, Montevideo

The Executive Tower (Spanish: Torre Ejecutiva) is the official workplace of the President of Uruguay. It is located in front of the Plaza Independencia, in Barrio Centro, Montevideo.

Executive Tower
Torre Ejecutiva
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Executive Tower
Former namesPalacio de Justicia
General information
Architectural styleModern architecture
LocationPlaza Independencia, Montevideo, Uruguay
Construction started1965
Completed2008
CostUS$20 million
OwnerLegader S.A.
Height56 m (184 ft)
Technical details
Structural systemReinforced concrete
Floor count12
Design and construction
ArchitectStudio 5
Main contractorCampiglia
Website
Presidency of Uruguay

HistoryEdit

The original project was started in 1965 as a future Palace of Justice, but the 1973 coup d'état interrupted it.[1] By the time the military government ended in 1985, the building was too small for the Uruguayan justice system, so the project remained halted for decades until in March 2006, President Tabaré Vázquez decided to finish the building and use it as an extension of the Estévez Palace.[2] The President's offices were transferred there from the Liberty Building in September 2009.

Despite the name, the building does not actually belong to the Presidency of Uruguay but to a fully government-owned company called Legader S.A., which is in charge of leasing office space to other public and private organizations to finance the work on the building.

The buildingEdit

The building has twelve floors, the first nine divided into two areas:

  • South Executive Tower, overlooking the Plaza Independencia, where the Presidency of the Republic, the Office of Planning and Budget and the National Office of Civil Service work.
  • North Executive Tower, overlooking the Rambla, where there are units dependent on the Presidency, such as the National Road Safety Unit and the Agency for electronic Government and the Information and Knowledge Society and international organizations.

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipios de Montevideo. "Edificio Torre Ejecutiva". Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  2. ^ Terminarán el Palacio de Justicia at Montevideo COMM - March 15, 2006