Athikia Building / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

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Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
Location: Bogotá,
Client: Apiros
Project Team: Pedro Pulido, Alejandro Méndez, Seir Amaya, Raúl González, Alejandra Torres, Sebastián Chica, Alexander Roa, Giancarlo Mainero
Project Area: 1982 sqm
Project Year: 2007-2008
Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila

first floor plan
fourth floor plan

The basic challenge was how to develop a project that maximised the small lot, optimizing the number of units and other areas, while generating an architectural language that was unique within its sector. The key design ideas were to obtain flexibility and cost effectiveness, within a contemporary and unique building (thus mitigating the disadvantage of a project with few sellable units, as a result of the site). The potential buyer was offered choice, as the building accommodates / subdivides into varying apartment modules (in both horizontal and vertical planes), ranging from one bedroom units to three bedroom apartments.

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Cite: "Athikia Building / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos" 25 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 02 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=53819>

9 comments

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    That is one handsome background building! Sophisticated and draws you in instead of shouting at you.

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    The interiors seem to have some quality, but why is the exterior so terribly bland? They could have shared with the surroundings some of the quality invested on the inside.

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      Agreed. The exterior is quite terrible, looks like every other apartment block around lower/middle class suburbs here in SA. The interior is a complete contrast though…almost seems like a different project.

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    Where is the north? The dining room of the apartment on the left side on the fourth floor seems messed up by the columns…
    I would like to know how the parking space works

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    Un edificio entre medianeras Bonilla? A esta altura de su carrera? Esperaba mas..sobre todo despues de esas charlas en la uni..la escalera de Foster…y la actitud y soberbia que lo caracterizan.

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      huyfff. parece que bonilla te reprobó en tu clase de taller de diseño.

      ya olvídalo!

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    Aunque el edificio sea medianamente interesante en la propuesta volumétrica, se que el manejo de los parqueaderos tuvo una solución pobre y poco pensada, sujeta mas a tener la capacidad económica de realizar una solución mecánica y no de una solución arquitectónica de fundamento; como todo en nuestro querido pais (Colombia), el manejo de la obra civil fue horrenda, y la normativa de discapacidad la veremos en la casa del autor me imagino, por que rampa de acceso para discapacitados no existe en el proyecto; de resto las soluciones espaciales y de acabados son sencillas, lo cual lo vuelve un proyecto accequible, hasta que vemos el sector en que esta construido y el valor de su M2

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