HOSTAL EN USAQUÉN
The site is located in the very centre of the campus of Universidad de Los Andes, closely surrounded by numerous built forms that occupy a sloping topography. Our response to the already well-developed surroundings was to insert the new program into the terrain, with only a small volume protruding from the landscape, which then becomes a clue to the human activity and musical exploration taking place in the building hidden below. The project thus integrates with the setting with precision and simplicity, condensing the program beneath the ground and revealing only a single elegant form above, in order to establish a coherent relationship between the new intervention and the densely occupied built fabric of its surrounds.
The geometrically pure form of the ´tip of the iceberg’ has both strength and significance when inserted into the surrounding topographical and built landscape, and can be read as a singularity in its locale. It preserves the intrinsic value of the existing physical context, which includes some historic buildings that were to be respected as well as new developments and the natural landscape itself - a unique mix into which the proposal doesn’t impose itself, it synchronizes.
Client: Universidad de los Andes
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Size: 435.000 square meters
Status: Finalist, Private competition
Team: Anna Kulik, Giorgio Badalacchi
Natalia Canal, Ana Winograd, Fredy Pantoja, Laura Gutiérrez, Sergio Jiménez, Adie Hailat
Images: MOBO, Monomo