Spectra Building / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos

© Santiago Robayo

Architects: Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos
Location: , Valle del Cauca,
Project Architects: Aldo Marcelo Hurtado, Carlos Hernan Betancourt
Project Area: 1400.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Santiago Robayo

3 Projects Win 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainability

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Emerging from over 6,000 entries, three winners of the fourth Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been selected. The international competition, occurring every three years, recognizes designs that provide sustainable solutions to local issues faced by communities throughout the world. This year’s winning projects addressed sites in Colombia, Sri Lanka, and the United States and will receive monetary prizes ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.

The winning entries were selected from last year’s top-prize recipients in the five regional Holcim Awards competitions, a total of 15 proposals (see our previous coverage here). An international jury of industry leaders, led by Mohsen Mostafavi (Dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design), determined the winners of the 2015 Global Holcim Awards.

See the winners after the break.

Silletas Park / Juan Felipe Uribe de Bedout

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Architects: Juan Felipe Uribe de Bedout
Location: , Antioquia, Colombia
Coordinator: Gerardo Olave Triana
Design Team: Gerardo Olave Triana, Álvaro Criollo López, Andrés Castro Amaya
Project Area: 92600.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Juan Ricardo Ramírez P

Yotoco Music School / Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos

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Architects: Espacio Colectivo Arquitectos
Location: , Valle del Cauca,
Project Architects: Aldo Marcelo Hurtado, Carlos Hernan Betancourt
Project Area: 750.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Santiago Robayo – Ministry of Culture

House of Memory and Community Space / Taller Sintesis + Angélica Gaviria

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Architects: Taller Sintesis,
Location: , Antioquia, Colombia
Project Area: 1226.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Alejandro Arango

RSHP Unveils Plans for Two Tower Development in Bogotá


Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has unveiled a massive commercial development planned for central Bogotá. The mixed-use project, ATRIO will be comprised of a 200-meter North Tower and 268-meter South Tower that will be connected by a large, open public space that will take up two thirds of the project’s site in the area of Centro Internacional on Avenida El Dorado and Avenida Caracas.

“The clients brief was not only to deliver class office accommodation but also to create a new public space at the heart of the city. The project is a really exciting opportunity to contribute to the resurgence of a civic society in Bogota,” says Simon Smithson, Partner and lead designer at RSHP.

Conolove / Oficina Informal

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Architects: Oficina Informal
Location: , Bogota, Colombia
Project Area: 125.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Santiago Pinyol

House on the Lake / De La Carrera – Cavanzo Arquitectura

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Architects: De La Carrera – Cavanzo Arquitectura
Location: , Cundinamarca,
Architect In Charge: Fernando de La Carrera, Alejandro Cavanzo
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Luis Alberto Mariño

Call For Proposals: Filling Station(s)

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 latest ideas challenge asks participants to “rethink refueling” in a competition which seeks to re-imagine the ubiquitous filling station. The historical rise of this 20th century typology, from simple fuel dispensers to palatial rest-stops on the highway, grew with the proliferation of the car and became symbols for societal progression, personal status, and “a bright future.” Although the number of vehicles worldwide ”surpassed one billion in 2010, there has been a steady decline in filling stations since the end of the last century.” As such, perhaps this is the time to start to rethink how these fragments of the international mobility infrastructure operate?

Memory, Peace and Reconciliation Center / Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

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Architects: Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos
Location: Carrera 22 # 24-52, , ,
Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila J,, Andrés Arenas R.

Camilo Mora Carrasquilla School / FP Oficina de Arquitectura

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Architects: FP Oficina de Arquitectura
Location: Medellín, Antioquia,
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

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

Eco shelter rendering, Refugio Nasua.. Image © fabrica de ideas ( Elejalde and Julián Felipe Villa)

This article originally appeared on 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 to Streamline Public Access to Cartagena’s UNESCO-Protected Fortress Wall

La Media Luna. Image © M.O.N.O.M.O.

MOBO Architects has won a competition to refurbish the vertical and horizontal access structures of the UNESCO protected fortresses that surround ’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.”

Camber of Commerce Building in Chapinero / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

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Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
Location: Bogotá, Bogota,
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

West 8 Set to Revitalize Colombia’s Rio Cali Park

Paseo Linear. Image Courtesy of

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.

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

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Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
Location: Bogotá, Bogota,
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

Plaza de La Libertad Civic Center / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos

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Architects: OPUS, Toroposada Arquitectos
Location: Medellín, Antioquia,
Project Area: 61000.0 m2
Photographs: Sergio Gómez

BO House / Plan B Arquitectos

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Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
Location: , 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