Juan Pablo Ortiz Arquitectos
Popayán, Cauca, Colombia | View Map
Année du projet


Arq. Santiago Sanchez

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We approach the site using the Terrain Vague concept from Ignasi de Sola-Morales, which is defined as spaces, usually at the perimeter of our cities, without a physical configuration. They are disconnected of the urban life, empty, useless, senseless, meaningless, absent. But at the same time, these are expectant urban spaces with possibilities and valuable promises for the future.


These places usually are occupied by autonomous and indifferent objects. They exist without the consideration of the site’s qualitative particularities, for example, the circus. So, is it the best way to use the place with autonomous objects and volumes, just like the circus? Or, Is it pertinent to do an architecture capable to shape a city with streets and squares?


From the first stage, the project proposed the configuration of the city at the adjacent streets which connect directly with the city’s primary road structure. The shape of these two paraments with a generous public pedestrian area and the principal facade are the project´s main urban strategy. The third parament, which is in a better state, will be the development in a second stage; and the third stage will be to develop the south facade opposite the preexistent projects.


The main premise of the project is to understand the colonial city and to shape the building using what its already built; retaking the previously established ways to build, which, are a historical part of Popayan’s Colonial City. The principal institutional, multiuse, perfectible and flexible buildings of Popayan are the Catholic Convents. Using the cloister typology, they were built by a summation of courtyards and shaped by gallery buildings, frequently finished by a tower located in the complex`s corner.


The Convent’s main characteristic is its compacity, which shapes the perimeter of the block through its strong border while its facades shape the streets and cities’ squares. The colonial cloisters are compact buildings with a unique lecture. Most of them were built through different stages or were partially re-built because of some earthquakes during the XIX century. Those actions didn’t make them lose their condition of compacity.  So, despite the stages of construction, the project aims to look back on the idea of the unitary, also influenced by the austerity of the colonial architecture, like its geometric rigor and repetition of elements.


The project evokes the decoration of the Catholic temples in a contemporary way. The convexity and concavity are re-used through the prefabricated concrete and curved brick along all the facades. These curved bricks are installed over a green aluminum substructure, which, remarks the vertical elements used to complement the compact architecture of the colonial cloister.


The main body of the most iconic colonial buildings of Popayan is divided by a characteristical element: the frieze, which is reused in the project to shape the facades between the second and third levels.


Material Used :

1. Prefabricated concrete curved brick – General Facade

2. Aluminium + Green copper finished – General Profiling

3. Curved glass – Facade tower

4. Estructural Concrete on sight

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