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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

Click Clack Hotel / Plan B Arquitectos

  • Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
  • Location: Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Project Architects: Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa
  • Project Area: 4500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Andrés Valbuena, Santiago Pyniol

© Andrés Valbuena © Santiago Pyniol © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena

Biennial of the Americas 2013: Draft Urbanism

© Cristobal Palma
© Cristobal Palma

Colorado’s Biennial of the Americas has invited artists and architects from across the Americas to participate in the second edition of Draft Urbanism: a citywide exhibition that examines the evolving relationship we have with our cities. This year, four architects - plan:b arquitectos (Colombia), Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile), June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff (New York/Berlin), and Alex Schweder (New York) - were commissioned to each design and build a large-scale installation that address site-specific urban challenges and key planning issues presently facing downtown Denver. 

With urban challenges ranging from Denver’s over abundance of surface parking lots to the effects of an 8-lane thoroughfare that splits the downtown core, these four installations aim to portray a deep understanding of the city’s history while proposing innovative ways in which art can address our urban future. 

Read on to learn about the installations and view a short film for each by Cristobal Palma

Casa M / Plan B Arquitectos

  • Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
  • Location: Medellín, El Poblado Quarter, Colombia
  • Architect: Plan B Arquitectos
  • Project Team: Daniel Tobón, Carlos Blanco, Sebastián Serna, Ivanovha Benedetto
  • Project Manager: Felipe Mesa + Federico Mesa
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Sergio Gomez

© Sergio Gomez © Sergio Gomez © Sergio Gomez © Sergio Gomez

Medellin's Architectural Renaissance

© Flickr / David Peña
© Flickr / David Peña

A renaissance through architecture has been unfolding throughout the past several years in Colombia’s second largest city – Medellin. Home to 3.5 million inhabitants it was plagued by violence in the 1980’s and 1990’s. However, through an ambitious plan headed by former mayor Sergio Fajardo, the cityscape has undergone a dramatic shift since his election in 2003. One of the defining principles of this initiative that invested millions into civic architecture and public infrastructure was to build in some of the roughest districts of the city.  More details after the break.

© Flickr / David Peña © Wikimedia Commons / SajoR © Iwan Baan © Wikimedia Commons / Albeiror24

Disconnected Pavilion / Plan B Arquitectos

  • Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
  • Location: Medellín, Colombia
  • Architects: Felipe Mesa + Federico Mesa
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Sergio Gómez

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez

Video: Flor del Campo / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa, by Cristobal Palma

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A few weeks ago we presented you the Sports Facilities for the ODESUR Games in Medellin by Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B (Felipe Mesa), a video shot by photographer Cristobal Palma for Abitare.

V House / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B Arquitectos

  • Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti, Plan B Arquitectos
  • Location: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architects: Plan B Arquitectos (Felipe Mesa) + Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Collaborators: Viviana Peña, Jose Orozco, Jaime Borbón, Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Pablo Buitrago
  • Structural Engineer: Nicolás Parra
  • Contractor: Jaime Pizarro
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Rodrigo Davila

© Rodrigo Davila © Rodrigo Davila © Rodrigo Davila © Rodrigo Davila