Lawmakers plan contest for design of new home

The Assamblea Legislativa is kicking off a contest for an architect to design a new building for the lawmakers.

The current legislative facilities are in poor shape, and the Ministerio de Salud has threatened to close down the facilities.

This is the first concrete step toward the construction of a new building, which might cost as much as $80 million. The plan is to put up the structure on land already owned by the government.

Part of the legislative complex, the striking Castillo Azul, was once the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica. Lawmakers moved in 60 years ago.

Banco de Costa Rica will participate in organizing the international design contest.

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