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Playa Vida Residence / Casis Architects

  • Architects: Casis Architects
  • Location: Coronado, Panama
  • Architect In Charge: Gonzalo Casis
  • Design Team: Iván Casís M, Ivan Casis Jr. and Juan Jose Casis
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Fernando Alda 

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

Casa del Horno / Fémur Arquitectura

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

Bermingham House / ENSITU

© Sylvia Grünhut
© Sylvia Grünhut
  • Architects: ENSITU
  • Location: Gamboa, Republic of Panama
  • Architect In Charge: ENSITU S.A., Patrick Dillon
  • Design Team: Brenda Gotti, Zitta Pozo, Iben Jaramillo, Yolanda Fernández, Anabel Velarde, Emilio Rivadeneira, Aristides Robles
  • Area: 480.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Sylvia Grünhut

© Sylvia Grünhut © Sylvia Grünhut © Sylvia Grünhut © Sylvia Grünhut

Panamá Bank Tower / Herreros Arquitectos

  • Architects: Herreros Arquitectos
  • Location: Costa del Este, Panama
  • Project Architects: Herreros Arquitectos + Mallol y Mallol
  • Project Managers: Jens Richter (HA), Ignacio Mallol (M&M)
  • Project Team: Gonzalo Rivas Zinno, Carmen Antón, Joanna Socha (HA), Ruben Taboada (M&M)
  • Sustainability: CENER
  • Facade Consultant: Gruppo Entesa
  • Client: Banco de Panamá
  • Area: 35395.0 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photography: Fernando Alda

© Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda  © Fernando Alda 

In Progress: The Biomuseo / Frank Gehry

© Victoria Murillo / Istmophoto.com / Biomuseo
© Victoria Murillo / Istmophoto.com / Biomuseo

The Puente de Vida Museum, more commonly referred to as The Biomuseo, will be Frank Gehry's first design in all of Latin America. It is located in Panama in the area called Amador, which sits only a few blocks from the country's principal cruise port and is adjacent to Panama City. The mission of the Biomuseo is to "offer an impressing and educational experience about the biodiversity and emergence of the isthmus in Panama in order to motivate all Panamanians to get to know and to value this natural component of their identity, as well as to generate in all its visitors the need to protect the environment" (Biomuseo Website). The Biomuseo intends to explore the importance of Panama's biological systems and its emergence as a geological link between North and South America, both of which have had global impacts many are unaware of. 

With these goals in mind, it quickly became clear that the museum design needed to be something very special to attract the international attention its founders desired. They wanted the museum to be a never-before-seen kind of design and to serve as a new architectural icon for Panama, much like the Eiffel Tower does for France or the Tower of Pisa for Italy. With the participation of Gehry Partners as well as the world-renowned landscape architect Edwina von Gal & Company, the Biomuseo began to take form: an extremely unique, Gehry-esque structure surrounded by an open botanical park that complements the exhibits within.

More after the break...

Courtesy of Biomuseo © Victoria Murillo / Istmophoto.com / Biomuseo Courtesy of Biomuseo Courtesy of Biomuseo

Video: Frank Gehry's Biomuseo, The Panama Series

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center / ENSITU

  • Architects: ENSITU
  • Location: Cocle, Panama
  • Architects: ENSITU - Patrick Dillon
  • Design/ Production Team: Brenda Gotti, Zitta Pozo, Aristides Robles, Emilio Rivadeneira
  • Structural Engineer: Arquinde. Martin Isaac, Luis McNulty
  • Mep: Luis Carlos Gotti
  • Client: Eugene Eisenmann Avifauna Foundation
  • Observation Tower Height: 32 m
  • Area: 150.0 sqm

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center / ENSITU Panama Rainforest Discovery Center / ENSITU Panama Rainforest Discovery Center / ENSITU Panama Rainforest Discovery Center / ENSITU

Panama Hospital Competition Proposal / TASH

Courtesy of TASH
Courtesy of TASH

The winning proposal for the new Panama City Hospital, designed by TASH, is based on the design of ecological protections and passive bioclimatic strategies. The project is configured as a city, it is in no way a single building but a complex, keeping the capacity of total intercommunication between different buildings in a way that benefits from the different synergies, general systems, logistics, production systems, waste disposal, etc, avoiding element duplicities and improving the general performance of the complex, thus giving sense to the concept of a hospital city that is at the core of the project. More images and architects’ description after the break.