Argos, Building for an Electrical Generator at a Cement Factory / Felipe Gonzalez-Pacheco

© Andrés Valbuena

Architects: Felipe Gonzalez-Pacheco & Juan Ignacio Muñoz (MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo)
Location: Yumbo, Valle, Colombia
Collaborators: Alvaro Bohorquez, Camilo Correa, M. Juliana Sorzano
Client: Cementos Argos
Contractor:  Concreto S.A. – Cementos Argos
Constructed Area: 575 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Andrés Valbuena

first floor plan
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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.


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  • Oping

    Building for electrical generator ?! Superb ! Looks more like fashionable house

  • Wesley

    Love the brutality of it. Quite fitting for a cement factory. I’m not sure how the facade is constructed but it would be cool if the weaves somehow reflected the essence of the bamboo fence in ways other than just form.

  • Gabi B

    Very good industrial architecture in my opinion. I’d like to see more industrial buildings here on AD.

  • David Basulto

    Clap, clap, clap

  • oltmann

    It looks like that 70s parking building on the Huerfanos street in Santiago, Chile.