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Gramalote

Lightweight Concrete Structure Wins Competition for New Gramalote Market Plaza

01:00 - 7 June, 2014
Lightweight Concrete Structure Wins Competition for New Gramalote Market Plaza, Courtesy of Rodrigo Chain + Jheny Nieto
Courtesy of Rodrigo Chain + Jheny Nieto

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.

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