Bogota Centro

How might we stimulate growth in a shifting urban fabric?

Bogota, Colombia
Design Development

Bogota Centro is the most significant urban intervention in Bogota and rethinks how citizens can relate to the city. The 72-hectare site, previously a beer brewery, revisits the idea of urban compactness and diversity. The area is subdivided into distinct districts through a network of public parks. Each neighbourhood has its own collection of mixed-use buildings that generate public open spaces, such as squares surrounded by office buildings, parks anchored by schools, and community gardens.

Particular attention was brought to connecting the new area with the adjacent older neighbourhoods. Research about the spatial and social use of Colombian collective housing forms informed the design of the latest buildings. An analysis of the surrounding street grid integrates into the new plan, proposing a framework for activation and use. This road network varies and adapts according to its different functions, creating a series of micro neighbourhoods interconnected with larger boulevards, and informs the massing.

The design acknowledges the reality of Bogotá as a shifting urban territory and proposes a finely articulated spatial strategy of built and unbuilt zones that enables growth and development.

  • SIZE: 72 Hectares
  • PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Laura del Pino