Bogota has a strong tradition of craftsmanship and is widely known as the “City of Brick”. While maker spaces like ¼ Tech have been popping up throughout the city in recent years, the lack of a centralized location for materials has hindered interdisciplinary creativity.
To address this issue, the project proposes the creation of a craftsmanship incubator located between the National Museum and Parque de la Independencia. This highly visible public institution will be open to entrepreneurs and the public alike, providing open space for the community of the Santa Fe district while also realizing Rogelio Salmona’s vision for a public corridor from the MAMBO to the National Museum.
The building itself will consist of two thin floor plates suspended on six brick column-like light wells. The intention is to create hollow spaces within the columns that can serve as natural daylighting, ventilation, and structural support for TAMBO’s multidisciplinary workshops. Each light well will reflect the diverse uses of the TAMBO program, including wood, metal, ceramic, textile, and electronic workshops. From the ground floor to upper levels, spaces will be organized from public to private, both visually and physically, through the light wells. The pierced brick walls will filter light and views from the surroundings, softening the transition between exterior and interior.
Honorable Mention, Non Architecture Award, 2021