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OMA to masterplan new civic centre in Colombia

29 Aug 2013 (Last Updated August 29th, 2013 18:30)

Architecture firm OMA has won an international design competition to masterplan 680 acres of mixed-use development in Bogotá, Colombia.

Bogotá Centro Administrativo Nacional

Architecture firm OMA has won an international design competition to masterplan 680 acres of mixed-use development in Bogotá, Colombia.

OMA’s New York office will work in partnership with Colombian architect Gómez + Castro to develop its proposal for the Bogotá Centro Administrativo Nacional (CAN) project.

After completion, the project will serve as a new civic centre featuring 982,000m² of government offices, residences, educational and retail facilities, and cultural venues.

CAN will be located at the midpoint of Calle 26 Avenue, the city’s main axis, to serve as the city’s government headquarters.

The new proposal will shift the city’s historic downtown centre, which was designed by architect Le Corbusier between 1947 and 1951.

OMA New York director Shohei Shigematsu said that the company’s proposal enables CAN to be a node, providing a continuous public domain that curves through the site to connect the park, the university and Calle 26.

"With a single gesture, the arc achieves a clear urban identity while accommodating programmatic diversity," Shigematsu said.

"CAN will be located at the midpoint of Calle 26 Avenue, the city’s main axis, to serve as the city’s government headquarters."

The new public axis will divide the site into three districts, which will be unified by a green path that extends the paths of the Simon Bolivar Park to the National University plaza at other end of the site.

The three districts include an office zone, which will link to the existing financial district, an institutional / governmental zone that is connected to the existing cultural spaces and recreational parks and an educational campus linked to the existing university.

OMA said that the park axis will be programmed with cultural attractions and a bike path that will extend to Bogota’s CicloVia pedestrian network.

The competition jury said that the suggested mix of uses promotes continuous activity and encourages the creation of distinct districts.

"The curve towards Calle 26 provides a clear urban face to the project, making it institutionally and commercially more attractive," the jury said.


Image: The project will serve as a new civic center featuring government offices, residences, educational and retail facilities. Photo: courtesy of OMA.