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La Felicidad School / FP arquitectura

12:00 - 14 March, 2019
 La Felicidad School / FP arquitectura, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Fontibón, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Iván Forgioni, José Puentes
  • Design Team

    Juan José López, Juan Felipe Mejía, Laura Muñeton, Daniela Núñez
  • Area

    7917.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photography

Siete Vueltas Rural Educational Institution / Plan:b arquitectos

12:00 - 5 March, 2019
Siete Vueltas Rural Educational Institution / Plan:b arquitectos, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Julián Castro © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 21

Candelaria House / Llano Arquitectos

06:00 - 1 March, 2019
Candelaria House / Llano Arquitectos, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Estrella, Colombia
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Juan Camilo Llano Correa, Carlos Andrés Holguín
  • Area

    187.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Cross Ventilation, the Chimney Effect and Other Concepts of Natural Ventilation

02:30 - 20 December, 2018
Sarah Kubitschek Hospital Salvador / João Filgueiras Lima. Image © Nelson Kon
Sarah Kubitschek Hospital Salvador / João Filgueiras Lima. Image © Nelson Kon

Nothing is more rational than using the wind, a natural, free, renewable and healthy resource, to improve the thermal comfort of our projects. The awareness of the finiteness of the resources and the demand for the reduction in the energy consumption has removed air-conditioning systems as the protagonist of any project. Architects and engineers are turning to this more passive system to improve thermal comfort. It is evident that there are extreme climates in which there is no escape, or else the use of artificial systems, but in a large part of the terrestrial surface it is possible to provide a pleasant flow of air through the environments by means of passive systems, especially if the actions are considered during the project stage.

This is a highly complex theme, but we have approached some of the concepts exemplifying them with built projects. A series of ventilation systems can help in the projects: natural cross ventilation, natural induced ventilation, chimney effect and evaporative cooling, which combined with the correct use of constructive elements allows improvement in thermal comfort and decrease in energy consumption.

The Pride and Prejudice of Bogota's Bicentenario Park

11:00 - 21 October, 2018
The Pride and Prejudice of Bogota's Bicentenario Park, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

Medellin’s renaissance is one for architecture’s storybooks. After decades of mundane violence, the city today is not only (comparatively) peaceful but a world-class architectural hub. Indeed, many cite the city’s urban development as a factor in its rebirth. But Medellin’s success sometimes overshadows that of neighbouring (and capital) city, Bogota.

Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

23:00 - 7 February, 2018
Winners of the 2018 Building of the Year Awards

With nearly 100,000 votes cast during the last two weeks, we are happy to present the winners of the 2018 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. This peer-based, crowdsourced architecture award showcases projects chosen by ArchDaily readers who filtered thousands of projects down to the 15 best works featured on ArchDaily in 2017.

Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 Places that Every Architect Should Visit

08:00 - 7 November, 2017
Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 Places that Every Architect Should Visit, Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 places that every architect should visit. Image © Iván Erre Jota [Flickr], under licence CC BY-SA 2.0
Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 places that every architect should visit. Image © Iván Erre Jota [Flickr], under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

In 2013, Medellín (Colombia) was declared the most innovative city in the world as part of the City of the Year Competition, organized by the Wall Street Journal. It competed alongside metropolises like New York and Tel Aviv.

Although it may seem strange, this distinction is not so out there. The Antioquian capital has become one of the most advanced technological and intellectual epicenters in Colombia, not to mention the important urban development that has occurred in the city since the beginning of 2010.

The city’s mobility-orientated integrated infrastructure together with interventions of high social impact have turned Medellín into the center of the debate on the growth and development of Latin American cities. 

In the following 20 projects, tell you the story of a city that bet on urban consolidation through quality public spaces and projects that encouraged citizen management by supporting the development of marginalized areas in a process of social reconstruction, where architecture has played an important role as a spatial formulation tool.

MAMM extension/ Ctrl-G + 51-1 Arquitectos. Image © Manuela Bonilla New office of the Urban Development Company/ EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín. Image © Alejandro Arango Plaza de Cisneros / Juan Manuel Peláez Freidel + Luís Fernando Peláez. Image © Juan Manuel Peláez Freidel Civic Centre Liberty Plaza / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos. Image © Sergio Gómez + 21

How (and Why) to Let Weather Into Your Buildings

09:30 - 24 August, 2017
How (and Why) to Let Weather Into Your Buildings

Bringing the weather inside is usually the opposite of what you want from a building envelope. However, new research from the University of Oregon, described in an article by The Washington Post, aims to show the physical and psychological benefits of letting nature inside. Signs of nature and change are both beneficial to our well-being, yet we don’t always have access to them when inside buildings—and humans are now spending 90% of our lives inside. But even in an urban setting, where nature may be hard to come by, there’s no escaping the weather. When researchers found ways to bring things like wind and dappled reflections of the sun inside, they found that exposure to these natural movements lowered heart rates, while being less distracting than similar artificially generated movements.

By now, green buildings are a familiar concept, but the article in The Washington Post proposes moving beyond green buildings as we know them today. While green building can be great in new construction, that excludes a lot of existing buildings that could and should also benefit from an intervention of nature. Ideally, buildings should actively demonstrate their relationship with nature, moving beyond simply “doing no harm.”

© Hiroyuki Oki © Carlos Chen © Alex de Rijke © Alejandro Arango + 7

Santa Fe de Bogotá Foundation / El Equipo de Mazzanti

11:00 - 20 July, 2017
Santa Fe de Bogotá Foundation / El Equipo de Mazzanti, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Design Team

    Giancarlo Mazzanti, Sebastián Negret, Fredy Fortich, Alberto Aranda, Felipe Pombo, Rocío Lamprea, César Grisales, Juan Sebastián Muñoz, Lorenza Baroncelli, Marcela Gómez, Julián Otalora, Trinidad Guzmán, Sebastián Corredor, Daniel Cely, Ana Varona, Manuela Guzmán, Juan Carlos Zúñiga, Dorotea Rojas, Diego Casas, Laura Luque, Juan Sebastián Tocaruncho, Iván Bernal, Maria Sol Echeverry, Patricia Gualteros.
  • Technical Architect

    Clara Vila
  • Technical drawer

    Julián Otalora
  • Area

    32000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

How to Design a "Building that Breathes": A Sustainable Case Study of Colombia's EDU Headquarters

05:00 - 9 June, 2017
How to Design a "Building that Breathes": A Sustainable Case Study of Colombia's EDU Headquarters, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

In the Colombian city of Medellin, a new headquarters is being constructed for the Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (Urban Development Company), combining optimal thermal performance with local urban regeneration. The new EDU headquarters is the result of a three-part collaboration between the public company, the private sector, and Professor Salmaan Craig from the Harvard Graduate School of Design who has family roots in the Colombian capital. 

Constructed on the site of the former EDU headquarters on San Antonio Park, the scheme aims to act as a benchmark for sustainable public buildings in Medellin, embracing the mantra of “building that breath."

As a specialist in materials, thermal design, and building physics, Professor Craig (EngD) voluntarily offered his service to the scheme’s realization. Below, he explains the thermodynamic challenges behind the building’s conception. 

© Alejandro Arango Estado de construcción en Abril de 2016. Image Cortesía de EDU Estado de construcción en Abril de 2016. Image Cortesía de EDU Análisis bioclimático. Image Cortesía de EDU + 44

40 Impressive Details Using Concrete

08:00 - 8 November, 2016
40 Impressive Details Using Concrete

Due to its ability to mold and create different shapes, concrete is one of architecture's most popular materials. While one of its most common uses is as a humble foundation, its plasticity means that it is also used in almost all types of construction, from housing to museums, presenting a variety of details of work that deserves special attention.

Check out this collection of 40 projects that highlight the use of concrete. Impressive! 

Chaparral Rural School / Plan:b arquitectos

15:00 - 17 October, 2016
Chaparral Rural School / Plan:b arquitectos , © Julián Castro
© Julián Castro

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UVA Sol De Oriente / EDU

10:00 - 12 August, 2016
UVA Sol De Oriente / EDU, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

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MA House / Plan:b arquitectos

13:00 - 14 July, 2016
MA House / Plan:b arquitectos, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Colombia
  • Category

  • Project Direction

    Felipe Mesa, Federico Mesa
  • Design Team

    Carlos Blanco, Daniel Tobón, Sebastián Serna, Anne Berkers, Gidka –Gloria Riberos, Laura Kate Correa, Esteban Hincapié, Maria Clara Osorio
  • Project Area

    595.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Educational Center 'Montecarlo Guillermo Gaviria Correa' / EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín

11:00 - 5 July, 2016
Educational Center 'Montecarlo Guillermo Gaviria Correa' / EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

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Mi Yuma Educational Park / Plan:B arquitectos

09:00 - 21 June, 2016
Mi Yuma Educational Park / Plan:B arquitectos, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

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House in Llano Grande / Plan B Arquitectos

09:00 - 16 May, 2016
House in Llano Grande  / Plan B Arquitectos, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

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Zebrano / Plan b arquitectos + M+Group

09:00 - 30 April, 2016
Zebrano / Plan b arquitectos + M+Group, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Vásquez Villegas Fotografía © Vásquez Villegas Fotografía © Alejandro Arango + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Envigado, Envigado, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Juan Camilo Garcés, María Clara Osorio, Carlos Blanco, Daniel Tobón, Esteban Hincapié, Santiago Mora
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs