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Fusca House / BAQUERIZO Arquitectos

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena + 21

  • Architects: Baquerizo Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 612.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Usaquén Urban Wetland / CESB / Obraestudio

Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architects: Obraestudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 91493.24 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Ekiraya School / Alejandro Uribe Cala

© Andres Valbuena © Andres Valbuena © Andres Valbuena © Andres Valbuena + 14

La Calera, Colombia
  • Architects: Alejandro Uribe Cala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1740.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Bavaria Brewery Tocancipá Headquarters Expansion / Construcciones Planificadas

© Andrés Valbuena    © Andrés Valbuena    © Andrés Valbuena    © Andrés Valbuena    + 40

Bucaramanga, Colombia

Ágora-Bogotá / Estudio Herreros + Bermúdez Arquitectos

© Enrique Guzmán © Javier Callejas © Javier Callejas © Enrique Guzmán + 24

Santa Fe de Bogotá Foundation / El Equipo de Mazzanti

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Andrés Valbuena Courtesy of El Equipo de Mazzanti + 63

Ciudadela 29 de Julio Park / El Equipo Mazzanti + AEV Arquitectos

©  Rodrigo Dávila
©  Rodrigo Dávila

© Andrés Valbuena ©  Rodrigo Dávila © Andrés Valbuena ©  Rodrigo Dávila + 25

Santa Marta, Colombia

Ground Control: How Concrete Reshapes Our Relationship to the Earth

Concrete has long had a close relationship with the earth; as the favorite material for the creation of building foundations, one of its most common uses is effectively as a more reliable replacement for soil. In the twentieth century, concrete’s ability to transform our interaction with the ground was taken to the next step. As architects and engineers explored the opportunities offered by a combination of reinforced concrete and the modernist mindset, multiple attempts were made to replace the ground in a more dramatic way: by creating a new ground, separated from the earth itself. Most widespread among these plans was the engineer’s elevated highway which emerged worldwide, and the most relevant to architects the “streets in the sky” embodied by developments such as the Smithsons’ Robin Hood Gardens. Newcastle-upon-Tyne offers a city-wide example of this theory, embarking on an ambitious plan to become the “Brasilia of the North” by creating an elevated network of pedestrian routes entirely separated from the automobiles below - though the project was abandoned in the 1970s with only small sections implemented.

After Modernism’s dramatic fall from grace in the 1970s and 80s, this project to reinterpret the ground with concrete was largely forgotten. Of course architects still used concrete in their designs, but they were content with a purely traditional relationship to the ground: their buildings were discrete entities which sat upon the earth, and nothing more. However, as explored at length in Stan Allen and Marc McQuade’s 2011 book Landform Building: Architecture's New Terrain, recent years have shown architects willing to work upon the ground once again, in new and exciting ways. In the years since Landform Building’s publication, this trend has only intensified, as demonstrated by the following three projects.

Santa María de los Caballeros Chapel / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo. Image © Andrés Valbuena Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hélène Binet Mulini Beach / Studio 3LHD. Image © Joao Morgado Santa María de los Caballeros Chapel / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo. Image © Andrés Valbuena + 10

Click Clack Hotel / Plan B Arquitectos

© Andrés Valbuena © Santiago Pyniol © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena + 43

Bogota, Colombia
  • Architects: Plan B Arquitectos
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Santa María de los Caballeros Chapel / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo

© Andrés Valbuena
© Andrés Valbuena

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena + 30

Bogota, Colombia

Embassy of Ecuador / Arquiteck & Asociados

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena + 27

Bogota, Colombia

GM1 House / Giovanni Moreno Arquitectos

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena + 25

Girardot, Colombia

Material Inspiration: 10 Projects Inspired by Concrete

To celebrate the launch of ArchDaily Materials, our new product catalog, we've rounded up 10 awesome projects from around the world that were inspired by one material: concrete. Check out the projects after the break...

JWT Bogotá Headquarters / AEI Arquitectura e Interiores

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena + 15

  • Architects: AEI Arquitectura e Interiores ; Designers: Laura Rosso, Ignacio Arciniegas
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2300.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

Gimnasio Campestre / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena + 39

Bogota, Colombia
  • Architects: MGP arquitectura y Urbanismo / Felipe González-Pacheco ; Designers: Felipe González-Pacheco, Alvaro Bohorquez, Alberto Aranda
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6200.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

AeI Headquarters / Arquitectura e Interiores

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena + 15

Twin Houses / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo

Twin Houses / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo Twin Houses / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo Twin Houses / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo Twin Houses / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo + 37

Bogota, Colombia

Argos, Building for an Electrical Generator at a Cement Factory / MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo

© Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena © Andrés Valbuena + 22

  • Architects:  Felipe Gonzalez-Pacheco & Juan Ignacio Muñoz (MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo)
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 575.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2008