Kalapa: From Territory to Detail



Media: Landscape+Architecture of Kalapa Learning Community 

State: Master Plan and Architecture Design. Waiting for license approval

Lead Design Team: Santiago Pradilla, Laura Vispe, Luisa Brando

Consultants: Mateo Hernandez, Antonio Caro, ZuluArch

Collaborators: Pedro Martinez + Jose Lopez+Juan Jose Bacca

Client: Kalapa Holistic School

Location: Sopo, Bogotá D.C, Colombia

Kalapa is situated in the Sabana de Bogotá, a rural area with increased deforestation rate (85% of its native forest has been replaced by agriculture and urbanism). The challenge of designing for a holistic school with a non conventional philosophy is thought as an opportunity to rethink how architecture can respond to a territorial problematic. Working with an ecologist we found how the line of encounter between two ecologies (savanna and native forest) is a place rich in biodiversity. To revert the deforestation tendency and multiply this line, the master plan establishes 8 native environments where each buildings sit between two, becoming a membrane that reinforces their ecological and physical attributes. Nature, students and construction are a dynamic system that grow in correlation.

Planta de Plan Maestro


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