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Camilo Mora Carrasquilla School / FP Oficina de Arquitectura

  • Architects: FP Oficina de Arquitectura
  • Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Project Architect: Mauricio Montoya
  • Designers: José Puentes, Mauricio Montoya
  • Construction: Consorcio Ménsula Ecco
  • Project Area: 4060.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura, Fundación Argos

© Fundación Argos Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura © Fundación Argos Courtesy of FP Oficina de Arquitectura

Ask Arup: How to Build on a Site that is "Pretty Much a Pool"

This article originally appeared on Arup Connect as “Ask Arup: Silty Sand Solutions.”

Architect Juan Esteban Correa Elejalde’s client tasked him with designing an off-the-grid getaway for a rural site near Medellín, Colombia. After completing the initial design concept, Correa Elejalde ordered a soil study of the client’s land.

Unfortunately, the results showed the site to be “pretty much a pool,” he said; the high water table and thick layers of loose soil would provide little capacity to support heavy objects above.

After seeing Arup Connect’s call for engineering-related questions on ArchDaily, he reached out to see if we could offer any insight.

MOBO Streamlines Public Access to Cartagena's UNESCO-Protected Fortress Wall

MOBO Architects has won a competition to refurbish the vertical and horizontal access structures of the UNESCO protected fortresses that surround Cartagena's colonial walled city. With an aim to create a walking tour through the bastions and walls that is both safe and pleasant, MOBO’s winning proposal offers a series of urban interventions that will unify the existing disparate structures and create a continuous pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. This, as MOBO describes, will “completely restructure the way that the citizens and visitors use not only the wall, but also the spaces in the city.”

Torre del Reloj. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O. Calle Venezuela. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O. Santa Catalina. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O. Baluarte Reducto. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O.

Camber of Commerce Building in Chapinero / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

  • Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
  • Location: Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Design Team: Daniel Bonilla, Juliana Lozano, Pedro Pulido, Seir Amaya, Alexander Roa, Adriana Hernández, Álvaro Acosta, Mauricio Morales, Oscar Montenegro, David Córdoba, Juan Andrés Díaz
  • General Management: Gerencia de proyectos Cámara de Comercio
  • Project Area: 11436.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila, Sergio Gómez, Juan Silva

© Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez

West 8 Set to Revitalize Colombia's Rio Cali Park

After forty years of social upheaval, Cali, Colombia is refocusing its attention on urban planning and revitalization. A steadily stabilizing economy has led to investment in the renewal of the public realm and transportation systems. Working to promote Cali's natural heritage, West 8 has teamed up with the Municipality of Cali to design the Rio Cali Park as part of an initiative called "A Dream to Cross a River." The project aims to integrate a safe, well-connected public space with a thriving urban center. 

Jardin Jorge Isaacs . Image Courtesy of West 8 Puentos Jardin Jorge Isaacs . Image Courtesy of West 8 Paseo Bolivar. Image Courtesy of West 8 Plazoleta del CAM. Image Courtesy of West 8

University of Los Andes Public Space and Integrated Care Center / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

  • Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
  • Location: Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Design Team: Eduardo Varela, María Paula Gonzales Bozzi, Alexander Roa, Nicolás Mujica
  • General Management: Daniel Bonilla
  • Project Area: 1560.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila

© Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila © Rodrigo Dávila

BO House / Plan B Arquitectos

  • Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
  • Location: Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Project Team: Carlos Blanco, Daniel Tobón, Alejandro Henao
  • Project Direction: Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa
  • Construction: Verónica Vásquez
  • Project Area: 300.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Alejandro Arango

©  Alejandro Arango ©  Alejandro Arango ©  Alejandro Arango ©  Alejandro Arango

Antonio Derka School / Obranegra Arquitectos

  • Architects: Obranegra Arquitectos
  • Location: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area: 7500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Isaac Ramírez, Sergio Gómez, Alejandro Arango, Alfonso Posada, Carlos Pardo, Luis Adriano Ramírez

© Sergio Gómez © Alejandro Arango © Alfonso Posada © Sergio Gómez

El Carajo House / Obranegra Arquitectos

  • Architects: Obranegra Arquitectos
  • Location: El Retiro, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Collaborators: Carlos Andrés Holguín, Carolina Vélez Duque, Alejandro Ochoa, Juan Camilo Llano
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nicolás Mántaras, Isaac Ramírez , Alejandro Ochoa, Carlos Pardo

© Isaac Ramírez © Isaac Ramírez © Nicolás Mántaras © Isaac Ramírez

Pies Descalzos School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Location: Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
  • Associated Manater: Juan Manuel Gil
  • Concept Design: Nestor Gualteros, Rocio Lamprea
  • Project Development: Fredy Fortich, Rocio Lamprea, Liv Johana Zea, Diego Castro, Maria Sol Echeverri
  • Interns: Stephany Zapata, Juliana Alzate, Andres Correa, Jessica Jaramillo, Samir Abu-Shibab, Santiago Rincon, Fabvio Caicedo, Alejandra Loreto, Christelle Tsikras, Manuel Gutierrez
  • Project Area: 11200 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Sergio Gomez, Pies Descalzos Foundation

© Fundación Pies Descalzos © Fundación Pies Descalzos © Fundación Pies Descalzos © Sergio Gomez

CR House / H+H Arquitectos

Located in the exclusive neighborhood of Santa Ana Oriental in the north of Bogota, this 711m2 home was designed to fit the client. Its architecture in exposed concrete seeks to purify its elements and its volume responds to the siting according to the orientation of its boundaries, forming two volumes articulated by the access area transparent to the rear garden. We have designed the social area with a greater height and a vault that integrates in a single space the living and dining room, all related and connected to the main garden. The construction was completed in August 2013.

Click Clack Hotel / Plan B Arquitectos

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Vigía Del Fuerte Educational Park / Mauricio Valencia + Diana Herrera + Lucas Serna + Farhid Maya

  • Architects: Mauricio Valencia, Diana Herrera, Lucas Serna, Farhid Maya
  • Location: Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architect In Charge: Mauricio Valencia, Diana Herrera, Lucas Serna, Farhid Maya
  • Project Area: 894.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Farhid Maya

© Farhid Maya © Farhid Maya © Farhid Maya © Farhid Maya

Embassy of Ecuador / Arquiteck & Asociados

  • Architects: Arquiteck & Asociados
  • Location: Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Architect In Charge: Pablo Rodríguez Agudelo, Mónica Botello Agudelo, David Diaz Diaz, Daniel Giraldo Rivera, Julian Sossa Delgado, Jair Pinzon Hernández, Diego Origua Petrel.
  • Project Area: 772.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Andrés Valvuena

© Andrés Valvuena © Andrés Valvuena © Andrés Valvuena © Andrés Valvuena

Lightweight Concrete Structure Wins Competition for New Gramalote Market Plaza

In 2010, the town of Gramalote in Colombia was destroyed by a catastrophic mudslide, triggered by heavy rainfall and a series of small earthquakes. Now the town is being rebuilt from scratch in a new location, and the government has introduced architectural competitions for the town's major public buildings, including a high school, sports center, a cultural center, a public market, an elderly home and a farmer center.

Architects Rodrigo Chain and Jheny Nieto have shared their winning design for the New Gramalote Market Plaza with us, a structure of 15 concrete modules that occupies a steeply sloping site. Read on after the break for more on the design.

Courtesy of Rodrigo Chain + Jheny Nieto Courtesy of Rodrigo Chain + Jheny Nieto Courtesy of Rodrigo Chain + Jheny Nieto Courtesy of Rodrigo Chain + Jheny Nieto