Maral Explanada

2015 - Mar del Plata, Argentina

Maral Explanada

Mar del Plata, Argentina

CLIENT Maral SIZE 264,000 ft2 / 25,000 m2 / STATUS Completed 2015 DESIGN TEAM
Balmori Associates / Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

Located by the sea in Argentina’s largest beach resort city, Maral Explanada consists of a sloped landscaped terrain connecting three residential towers. The site sits above the rocky Atlantic shoreline at Playa Chica, one of Mar del Plata’s well-known beaches.

The three towers — 19, 21 and 23 stories tall — are arranged around a series of terrace gardens planted with indigenous plants. At the base of the tallest tower is a stepped, stone-clad podium with an accessible rooftop garden. Inside this podium is a large gym and indoor pool shared by the three towers.

From the base of the towers, the land drops steeply to the sea. The landscape design mediates this 10-meter incline with a series of terraces that recreate the natural coastline. The terraces include spaces for walking and leisure, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. Native Argentine salt resistant species of various textures delineate the property’s boundaries separating private from public.