Avianca Building

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Avianca Building
Costado suroccidental Avianca.JPG
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location Bogotá, Colombia
Coordinates 4°36′09″N 74°04′21″W / 4.6025°N 74.0725°W / 4.6025; -74.0725Coordinates: 4°36′09″N 74°04′21″W / 4.6025°N 74.0725°W / 4.6025; -74.0725
Construction started 1963
Completed 1969
Owner Avianca C. A.
Height
Roof 161 m (528 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 40
Lifts/elevators 17
Design and construction
Architect Esguerra, Sáenz, Urdaneta, Samper and Cia.

Avianca Building is a skyscraper of 161 meters located at the intersection of 16th street and Seventh avenue, next to the Santander park in Bogotá, Colombia.

History[edit]

Its design and construction were awarded to Esguerra Saenz, Urdaneta, Samper and Co., Ricaurte Prieto Carrizosa and Italian Domenico Parma, after a call for design proposals among the most recognized architecture firms at the time. The design of the building was completed in 1963, and its construction took place between 1966 and 1969, built on the former grounds of the Regina hotel. Its inauguration was at the end of 1969. At that time it was the tallest international style skyscraper in South America. The building was erected for Avianca airlines.

Features[edit]

It is currently in use and has 40 floors. The facades of the building are defined as continuous windows on both sides[clarification needed]. The international style designs[clarification needed].

A fire on July 23, 1973, killed 4 people and injured 63, destroying the contents of several floors inside the building. There was no major damage to the building structure itself.