Back to listDec 7, 2006

SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium Recognized for Architectural Excellence

Commemorative plaque

On December 7, 2006, the University of Palermo, Argentina, presented its Outstanding Building Award to the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium in Buenos Aires, recognizing the structure as the best constructed in Argentina during the past ten years. A panel of renowned architects were judges in the competition.

SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium

Corindo Testa, hailed as one of Argentina's most prominent architects, designed the SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium building, which since its completion in May 1996 has received high praises. In 1998, the building was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin American Architecture hosted by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. It has been featured in architectural magazines as being representative of leading edge construction and building design in South America.

La Nacion covererage of the auditorium's award

La Nacion, a national Argentine daily, covered the auditorium's recent award in its December 20, 2006 issue. In the article, Mr. Jordi Garcés, who chaired the award committee was quoted as saying, "The true value of a building becomes clear with the passing of time. The Peace Auditorium is light and cheery, and is contemporary and classic at the same time. What's more, it blends non-intrusively with the surrounding environs, while maintaining its unique identity."

The SGI-Argentina Peace Auditorium serves as a venue not only for SGI activities but also for community events such as concerts and symposia.

[Adapted from an article in the January 25, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]