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Argos, Building for an Electrical Generator at a Cement Factory / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo

  • Architects: Felipe Gonzalez-Pacheco
  • Location: Autopista Cali-Yumbo, Cali, Colombia
  • Architects:  Felipe Gonzalez-Pacheco & Juan Ignacio Muñoz (MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo)
  • Collaborators:  Alvaro Bohorquez, Camilo Correa, M. Juliana Sorzano
  • Client:  Cementos Argos
  • Contractor:  Concreto S.A. – Cementos Argos
  • Area: 575.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Andrés Valbuena

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena

From the architect. In July 2006, the project is the winner of an architectural contest, for the resolution of a “skin” for a technical building containing an self generation electrical plant for cement factory. The Factory wanted to generate also a corporative image with the building. Their purpose became a mutual opportunity to generate an experimentation laboratory of technical possibilities with the material they produce, with very low density concretes. In a parallel way with the technical solution we found a high symbolic value in cultural textures found in the 3 sites the project was built, which had manual work implied, making an industrial building a reference for the local people of each site.

© Andrés Valbuena
© Andrés Valbuena

As a result we designed 2 great format prefabricated pieces placed in a way to simulate the textures made by the locals in fibers to fabricate artisanal objects.

© Andrés Valbuena
© Andrés Valbuena
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