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Brutalism Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)

For the administration of the Costa-Rican social insurance system Alberto Linner designed a high-rise that vaguely recalls the metabolist Yamanashi Press and Broadcasting Center by Kenzo Tange. Despite the highly irregular facade design, with each side treated differently, it proved possible to build it relatively quickly by using prefabricated sections.


Alberto Linner
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Atlas Obscura 2011
El Avion Restaurant and Bar

Discover El Avion Restaurant and Bar in Quepos, Costa Rica: The sister plane of the C-123 shot down during the Iran-Contra Affair has found a new purpose in retirement.

Atlas Obscura 2014
Parque Francisco Alvarado

Discover Parque Francisco Alvarado in Zarcero, Costa Rica: This Costa Rican topiary park is a surreal garden of unearthly delights.

Atlas Obscura 2013
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes

Discover Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes in Grecia, Costa Rica: This Costa Rican chapel is the most metal church in the world, literally.

Atlas Obscura 2019
The Rock Garden at Piedra Colorada

Discover The Rock Garden at Piedra Colorada in Montezuma, Costa Rica: Balanced rock sculptures pay tribute to a murdered conservationist and his pioneer wife.

Post 2019
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Brutalism 1975
Museos del Banco Central
Brutalism 1976
Fonseca Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos (CFIA)
Atlas Obscura 2011
727 Fuselage Home

Discover 727 Fuselage Home in Quepos, Costa Rica: Costa Rican accommodation resembles a crash site, but with a nice balcony.

Atlas Obscura 2016
Land of the Strays

Discover Territorio de Zaguates (Land of Strays) in Alajuela, Costa Rica: Where dogs like the rare "Fire-Tailed Border Cocker" run free on the mountainside.

World Heritage Site 2014
Precolumbian Chiefdom Settlements with Stone Spheres of the Diquís

The property includes four archaeological sites located in the Diquís Delta in southern Costa Rica, which are considered unique examples of the complex social, economic and political systems of the period AD 500–1500. They contain arti…

Atlas Obscura 2019
This ‘Hollow Tree’ Is Perfect For Climbing

Climb up this set of overlapping ficus trees for a bird's-eye view of the Costa Rican cloud forest.

San José
Atlas Obscura 2019
Sanatorio Durán (Durán Sanatorium)

Discover Sanatorio Durán (Durán Sanatorium) in Potrero Cerrado, Costa Rica: This abandoned hospital is one of the most haunted places in Costa Rica.

Palmar Sur
Atlas Obscura 2014
Río Celeste

Discover Río Celeste in Costa Rica: This neon blue river gets its color from a unique mix of bacteria and volcano minerals.

Atlas Obscura 2019
El Miro Ruins

Discover El Miro Ruins in Jaco, Costa Rica: Once the foundation for a mansion, these ruins now offer amazing panoramic coastal views.

San Isidro de El General
Atlas Obscura 2012
San Lucas Island Prison Graffiti

Discover San Lucas Island Prison Graffiti in Costa Rica: Disused penal colony features prisoner artwork, some sketched in human blood.