We are in Buenos Aires, Argentina! Today I explored the wealthy Recoleta neighbourhood. My first stop was the National Library in Las Heras Ave. When Dirk and I saw the building for the first time, he made the comment that it looks like some kind of space ship. I have to agree. The building is situated on the piece of land where President Peron lived with his wife, Eva.
I was walking around an taking pictures when the very friendly security guard informed me that I had to get a permission slip from inside the building to be able to take a lot of pictures of the building. I like taking pictures of buildings and I have encountered many security guards who have asked me to stop taking pictures or to delete the pictures on my camera, in malls or outside banks or other public buildings. I find it surprising that there are rules like that in place. This is an era where people take pictures with their cellphones all the time! Surely I don’t look like a criminal or someone who would use photos for evil deeds?
Most architects I know would be delighted by the fact that I took the time to stop and take a picture because I like the building they designed.
After I completed the necessary forms I was allowed to take as many pictures as I like. This Brutalist building was opened in 1992 (it was designed in 1960) and it is the largest library in Argentina.
Chile had a problem with stray dogs. Here in Argentina they seem to have a problem with (fat) stray cats. I spotted this cat strolling outside the library.