Ágora-Bogotá / Estudio Herreros + Consorcio Bermúdez Arquitectos

Ágora-Bogotá / Estudio Herreros + Consorcio Bermúdez Arquitectos

© Enrique Guzmán © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Enrique Guzmán + 16

Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Consorcio Bermúdez Arquitectos, Estudio Herreros
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    70000.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Accesorios y Acabados, Aluman, Argos, Construcciones Acústicas, Constructora Parque Central, Etex Colombia, HB Sadelec, HID Global, HR-Experta, Hunter Douglas Architectural (Europe), Industrial Taylor, Marmisol, Redes y proyectos, Titán prefabricados, meTecno
  • Project Authors

    Juan Herreros, Daniel Bermúdez, Jens Richter
  • Directors

    Ramón Bermúdez, Gonzalo Rivas, Stan Van der Maas
  • Team

    Carmen Antón (eH), Juan Carlos Ardila , David Barbosa, Jaime Barrera , Julián Beltrán, Camilo Brito, David Caballero, Laura Dorado, María Franco, Raúl García, David Gómez, Airam González, Iván Guerrero, Andrés Gutiérrez, Sergio Jiménez, Víctor Lacima, Juan Fernando Martínez, Margarita Martínez, Ana María Noriega, Juan Camilo Ortegón, Mª Ángeles Peñalver, Abraham Piñate, Juan Reyes, María Ríus, Alberto Roa, Luis Ángel Rivera, Esteban Salcedo, Beatriz Salinas, Paula Sopó, Martha Sosa Dias, Catalina Venegas
  • Photographs

    • Structural Design

      Consorcio PyP (A. Palomino, C. Palomino), CNI (N. Parra), BAC ECG (L. Moya, X. Aguiló, C. Gastelbondo).
    • Sustainability

      (J. Ramírez, S. Varón), ARUP (R. Rodríguez).. MODELACION ENERGETICA: SES (T. Uribe).
    • Facades

      ARUP (I. Fernández Solla).
    • Identity

      OAC (N. Chaves y J. Gallego).
    • Lightning Design

      ALS (A. Aman, M. Juarrero), MTS (M. T. Sierra, J. Laverde).
    • Acoustics

      ADT (D. Duplat), AKUSTIKS (J. Soler, C. Blair, S. Brandt).
    • Audiovisual

      AKUSTIKS (J. Soler, S. Brandt).
    • Landscape

      D. Wiesner.
    • Forestry

      E. Bermúdez.
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    © Javier Callejas
    © Javier Callejas

    ÁGORA-BOGOTÁ will not just be like any convention centre used by sporadic visitors who have little contact with the city, but aims to ascend to the category of a public building infused into all citizens’ imagination. Therefore, all efforts have been concentrated on meeting collective as well as specialized demands. First and foremost, it offers an image which represents the aspirations of a society in transformation and that resembles an environmental sensitivity which inscribes the building in today’s concerns. The specialized demands focus on practical aspects such as circulation systems, easy and comprehensible; an invisible but hierarchical and interconnected distribution of all the internal services that embodies the logistics’ scheme of the building; and a concept of flexibility that accepts the programming of very diverse formats. To this end, the project has adopted two innovative solutions: first, articulating the logistic scheme on the basis of four large vertical circulation and services cores, one in each corner, to facilitate and accommodate the most varied programs; and, second, dispensing with the conventional auditorium’s inclined floors and fixed seating in order to visualize ÁGORA-BOGOTÁ as a place of encounters and activities as diverse as anything and everything the imagination of its events organizers is capable of generating.

    © Enrique Guzmán
    © Enrique Guzmán

    The scale of the complex and the richness of its interior itineraries enable it to be conceived as an encapsulated fragment of the city. Embodying this concept, a monumental covered courtyard welcomes users and gives access to the great hall, which functions as a main plaza looked onto by a crown of meeting spaces, configuring an imprint in the plan of the building whose dimensions coincide with the blocks of the historic center, which date from the founding of the city. The courtyard-hall sequence is the beginning of an ascending spiral scheme marked by a series of plaza-halls which are in fact observation platforms looking out over the four ecologies that make up the city – the Hills, the Historic Center, the Savannah and the new developments along the route to the airport. From these privileged observatories, the building functions as a mechanism for contemplating and understanding the city and its geography.

    Program scheme
    Program scheme

    With regard to the construction and the technologies employed, it is evident that the emphasis has been on achieving a holistic confluence between structural schemes, services and construction systems to form a unitary ensemble. The confluence of these three technical aspects is materialized in a series of diaphanous spaces with a state-of-the-art passive air conditioning system in favor of intelligent natural ventilation that takes advantage of the Bogotá climate to create a happy symbiosis between the building and the ecosystem of which it is part. The choice of materials has been guided by sobriety and clearly reveal the functioning of the building while giving prominence to the space at the disposal of the users, who are the true protagonists.

    © Enrique Guzmán
    © Enrique Guzmán
    Ground floor plan
    Ground floor plan
    © Enrique Guzmán
    © Enrique Guzmán

    There is no doubt that the façade is the signature element of this technical complex. Constructed on the basis of large frames, which incorporate the substructure, the glazing with its different sizes and treatments and the electronically regulated grilles that draw in fresh air from the exterior, the façade is like a sensitive skin that responds to changing conditions, constantly adapting to the temperature, sunlight and humidity of the Bogotá climate. Ultimately the façade is the exact expression in the city of the complexity with which architecture operates and the simplicity which it is bound to give back in return.

    © Javier Callejas
    © Javier Callejas

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    Address: Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia

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    About this office
    Cite: "Ágora-Bogotá / Estudio Herreros + Consorcio Bermúdez Arquitectos " 26 Jan 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
    © Enrique Guzmán

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