With the recent opening of the most recent "Tallest Building in the World", the 800 meter/160+ floors/highest-mosque-in-the-world Burj Dubai, it seems like a propitious time to revisit Buenos Aires' own Pharaonic tall building idea, the Buenos Aires Forum (BAF). Proposed by architect Julio Torcello's Grupo Torcello, the building would sit in the Rio de la Plata and rise 1 km (!) into the skies. Now I'm all into the swagger that comes from building a huge phallic symbol in the middle of your city, but in a country with as many economic problems, I'm a little baffled with the series of projects that would make Pharaohs blush (Menem's rocket to Asia, Cristina's tren bala, this kilometer high building). How about rebuilding the train network so it actually...works? Or finishing the General Paz? Or turning more of the country's packed two lane roads into four lane highways to cut down the absurd number of frontal crashes? Or even Torcello's other idea, the underground highway known as Buenos Aires Central Station (BACS).
I of course doubt it will ever come to be, but stranger things have happened. With the opening of the Burj Dubai, web news site Momento24 talked to Torcello:
...and he said that currently the project is well in financial terms and also about the place where the tower will be located permanently. In his words, "Everything is ready for the construction". However, the architect was very cautious with the information due to ‘political reasons.’ (Here in Spanish.)