Articulated Site in Colombia

Water reservoirs as public park

Articulated Site in Colombia

Water reservoirs as public park

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    Project update December 2015 – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    Bright outlook: The architectural form adapts to the pre-existing elements to ensure minimal impact, and results in an affordable and sustainable building. Photo: Courtesy Aníbal Gaviria, Mayor of Medellín.

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    Project update December 2015 – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    Long-term view: Architects Mario Camargo and Luis Tombé from Colectivo 720 merge social imperatives with technical requirements to create a “socio-technical” landscape of magnificent beauty. Photo: Courtesy Aníbal Gaviria, Mayor of Medellín.

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    Global finalist entry 2015 - Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park

    Understanding the topography and the existing elements of the site to create landscape space and also using local vegetation to improve the environmental quality by creating birding and wildlife trails.

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    Project update, official site opening December 2015 – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    The architects wanted to preserve the site’s positive qualities and create a multifunctional facility – using what already existed. Photo: Courtesy EPM.

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    Global finalist entry 2015 - Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park

    Reuse of the existing water reservoir as public space for encounters.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    Rooftop view and design process: Level, reuse, articulate, integrate and illuminate. The project established continuity using public space as the articulating piece and transitional axis between the city and the architectural object. The topography and the pre-existing elements are understood and transformed into landscape space that contains the program. Furthermore, local vegetation is used to improve environmental quality by creating bird-watching and wildlife trails.

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    Project update December 2015 – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    A hidden infrastructure within the city is opened up, made public, and transformed into a civic space. Photo: Courtesy Mario Camargo, Colectivo 720.

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    Global Holcim Awards Gold 2015 – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    Auditorium and light hall: Visual comfort conditions were designed using natural light and the efficient use of energy.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    Rooftop plan: Building merging with public space.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    The project provides public space for leisure and vitality.

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    Project entry 2014 Latin America – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    Flexible spaces and universal accessible urban design stimulate community activities.

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    Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America - Prize handover ceremony

    Holcim Awards Gold for “Articulated Site” presentation (l-r): Jaime Hill, CEO Holcim Colombia; Anibal Gaviria, Mayor of Medellín; winners Mario Camargo, Juan Calle Restrepo and Luis Tombé; and Andreas Leu, Holcim Executive Committee, responsible for Latin America.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Holcim Awards Gold winners for “Articulated Site” (l-r): Mario Camargo & Luis Tombé, Colectivo 720, Cali, Colombia.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony

    Celebrating the Holcim Awards main prize winners (l-r): Julio Amezcua and Francisco Pardo, AT103, Mexico (Bronze); Luis Tombé, Colectivo 720, Colombia; Juan Calle Restrepo, Empresas Públicas de Medellín, Colombia; Mario Camargo, Colectivo 720, Colombia (Gold); Izbeth Mendoza and Román Cordero, PLUG Architecture, Mexico (Silver).

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    Holcim Awards 2017 for Latin America prize handover ceremony, San José

    Mario Camargo (left) receives the Holcim Building Better Recognition on behalf of the team of colectivo 720 in Calí, Colombia from Oliver Osswald, Member of the Executive Committee of Holcim responsible for Latin America. The recognition was awarded for a winning project from a previous competition cycle, one which has been built and has stood the test of time as a particularly successful example of sustainable building.

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    Holcim Awards Latin America media briefing, Medellín, Colombia

    Mario Camargo, Colectivo 720, Cali, Colombia – Holcim Awards Gold winner for “Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park” in Medellín, Colombia.

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    “Sustainability? Building bridges between needs” – Mario Camargo

    Mario Camargo from Colectivo 720 in Colombia says his Holcim Awards Gold winning project builds a bridge between the needs of people and their city. “Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park” in Medellín, Colombia. The project is situated at the intersection of a range of disciplines pertaining to the definition of the built environment, ranging from landscape and urban design to architecture and infrastructure planning.

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    Feature interview – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

    “There is great enthusiasm for the project, also in the city government. And there are more such reservoirs in Medellín that need to be revamped in the near future.” – (l-r): Mario Camargo and Luis Tombé, Colectivo 720, Colombia

  • Awards Building Better Recognition 2017–2018 Latin America
  • Awards Gold 2014–2015 Global
  • Awards Gold 2014–2015 Latin America

The UVA de La Imaginación project centers on creating high quality public spaces inserted into low-income, dense neighborhoods at a reservoir where two giant water tanks have been replaced by new infrastructure. The obsolete tanks are repurposed to create public space, taking inspiration from the site’s history, surrounding topography, and structure of existing tanks and pools. The resulting intervention has minimal environmental impact and opened in 2015, forming part of a network of 20 parks.

Last updated: August 21, 2021

By Mario Fernando Camargo Gómez, Luis Orlando Tombé Hurtado - Colectivo 720, Cali, Colombia

Exploring uncharted terrain, the project is situated at the intersection of a range of disciplines pertaining to the definition of the built environment, ranging from landscape and urban design to architecture and infrastructure planning. The jury values the important steps undertaken by the design team to explore the interrelationship of fields of expertise that are normally treated as isolated domains.

The submitted design, in this sense, embraces – in a refined and poetic manner – the multiple criteria set forth by the Holcim Foundation’s “target issues”. Aesthetic, social, economic and environmental concerns are combined to form a sophisticated ensemble of public spaces, merging social imperatives with technical requirements to create a “socio-technical” landscape of magnificent beauty.

Articulated Site in Colombia

Project authors

  • Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony
    Mario Fernando Camargo Gómez

    Colectivo 720

  • Holcim Awards Latin America 2014 – Prize handover ceremony
    Luis Orlando Tombé Hurtado

    Colectivo 720

Global finalist entry 2015 - Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park

Understanding the topography and the existing elements of the site to create landscape space and also using local vegetation to improve the environmental quality by creating birding and wildlife trails.

Aesthetic, social, economic and environmental concerns are combined to form a sophisticated ensemble of public spaces, merging social imperatives with technical requirements to create a “socio-technical” landscape of magnificent beauty. Holcim Awards 2014 jury for Latin America

Project update, official site opening December 2015 – Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia

The architects wanted to preserve the site’s positive qualities and create a multifunctional facility – using what already existed. Photo: Courtesy EPM.

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