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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Plaza de la Hoja – Social Housing in Bogotá D.C., Colombia by Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

 
May 8th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

Bogotá has had a renowned tradition in building high-quality social housing projects. The site, given its privileged location, presented a unique opportunity to once again claim the throne in contemporary social housing developments. Rather than work with a single apartment, we chose to scale up the unit to a group of 16 apartments.

Image Courtesy Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

  • Architects: Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos
  • Project: Plaza de la Hoja – Social Housing
  • Location: Bogotá D.C., Colombia
  • Status: Competition Submission
  • Awards: N/A
  • Client: METROVIVIENDA
  • Area: 35.000 m2
  • Date[s]: 2013
  • Team Leaders: Pablo Forero, Julian Restrepo, Juan Pablo Ortiz
  • Team members: Juan Carlos Cuberos, Jessica Thatcher, Santiago Sánchez,Manuela Mosquera, Joaquín Mosquera, Camilo Serna
  • Structure: CNI Ingenieros
  • Budget: Alvaro León

Image Courtesy Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

Given the tight budget restrictions, the project’s façades/enclosures also serve as structural elements which help cover the 20 meter spans in between the vertical supports.

Image Courtesy Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

With only 18 centimeters in thickness, the structural boxes work as 4-story high beams which enable multiple interior configurations for the apartment units.

Image Courtesy Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

The project strives to create a building with a strong communal identity represented by the voids for collective life at different heights.

Image Courtesy Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

These massive voids reinterpret the traditional patios commonly found around the city and become an opportunity for diverse programmatic manifestations such as sports, children’s playgrounds, leisure areas, urban agriculture, gardens, and many more. At a time when icons are frowned upon, the project is the result of a succession of pragmatic decisions: a symbol for contemporary life in Bogotá.

Image Courtesy Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

Image Courtesy Taller 301 + Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos

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