giancarlo mazzanti: bosque de la esperanza
giancarlo mazzanti: bosque de la esperanza giancarlo mazzanti: bosque de la esperanza
mar 07, 2012

giancarlo mazzanti: bosque de la esperanza

‘bosque de la esperanza’ by giancarlo mazzanti in altos de cazuca, colombia all images courtesy giancarlo mazzanti image © jorge gamboa

colombian architect giancarlo mazzanti has shared with us images of ‘bosque de la esperanza’, an open-air sporting court and public plaza in the shanty town of altos de cazuca, colombia. featuring a 700 m2 canopy structure comprised of prefabricated dodecahedrons, the design is read as a cluster of trees against the muted and monotonous background of the slum settlement.

in context image © jorge gamboa

located on an inclined site, the multi-functional structure rests on a series of steel stilts that sprout up at multiple angled trajectories. at once delicate and industrial, the design exhibits a visually distinct identity within the neighbourhood and can be observed from a distance due to its vantage point. the expanded steel mesh that wrap around the dodecahedrons offer a light and porous mode of shading.

aerial view image © jorge gamboa

view of canopy from above image © jorge gamboa

serving as a public plaza and meeting point for the inhabitants of the area, the canopy structure hovers over a concrete playing field which can host a variety of sports and activities. the design maintains a well-ventilated space that openly communicates with the adjacent street life. at night, artificial lights incorporated into the structure allow the canopy and space below to glow, resulting in a design that acts as an inviting public forum to the neighbourhood. 

approach image © alejandra loreto

overall view of exterior image © jorge gamboa

from street image © jorge gamboa

image © jorge gamboa

image © jorge gamboa

detail view of dodecahedrons image © jorge gamboa

view of sporting court image © jorge gamboa

canopy image © jorge gamboa

image © jorge gamboa

as a public plaza image © alejandra loreto

image © alejandra loreto

surface of canopy image © alejandra loreto

night view image © alejandra loreto


    Vincenzo Pellegrino says:
  • fantastic idea! well thought and designed

    nafsika t says:
  • Hhhhuuuuugghh?
    Wouldn\’t it be nicer to plant real trees?
    Sorry, allthough I\’m an architect, but I get the feeling that this structure is way over its necessities…
    if it could be used with photovoltaic, or waterheating or some added value.

    architecture for architectures sake..

    realforest says:
  • yeah what about real trees!! Look at the whole area in the overview and these inhabitants need to get their heads back to the garden. And the structure is way overbudget for what it does. Gad how did they convince someone to cough up the money to build this? And where is the photovoltaic and waterheating in real forest’s comments? Get serious.

    richard says:
  • it’s a basketball court, why putting trees in the middle??, that kind of social architecture acts positively in people with low resources, promotes community playfulness and self-esteem

    fepo12 says:
  • Do agree with above, more like show off, sure better idea to help communites first. The concept is great, just I complain the environment not suitable in this content

    NuNu says:
  • Great Addition to the neighborhood!!! Isn’t this Space a new experience within a familiar environment? Yes, we all love trees etc…. But trees are everywhere, this not. Inspiring. Also for the community. Think of the kids that are confronted with everyday life, dust and distrust… Then this happens… A big question mark within the landscape, curiousity, creativity, and hope for the better…

    Balkan says:
  • i strongly agree with Balkan.
    He hits the spot of this design.
    the designer has done a great job. he really understands and respects the people and the community.

    Sophie says:
  • This is a functional public art project!!!! it’s wonderful. Sure is likely that when it rains with wind, people will not be able to use it. But either way, it adds value to the neighborhood. And when they be able to use it, I sense that it will be a super magical experience. And as Pepo12 said: it really serves as a self-esteem upgrade for the people who live there. It’s a little over structured, but the poetry of the trees, sustains the design. Glad that there are entities brave enough to approve projects like this. Not everything has to be super rational. We are no robots. This project has emotion to it. Super awesome!!! 🙂

    wild human says:
  • Truncated tetrahedra to be precise

    Julius says:
  • Trees above a sport field… Not such a great idea, if you really want to play sport. To add quality, you can sometimes add trees, or solar technology, or any other water caption device, yes… But in order to design a cheap (well, at least maybe not too expensive) shelter with a symbolic and strong impact on its neighborhood, you need more than a bunch of trees or fake “solar-eco-green-…” initiatives. I do not know it this scupltural roof will ever be useful to someone, but I wouldn’t want to criticise it or ask for more meaning from it.

    Stephane says:
  • A bit over the top in my opinion.
    Wonder how it will look in a couple of years?
    Maybe a simpler structure mightv’e been more adequate.

    arch01 says:
  • love it…well done

    moggs says:
  • Extremely Beauitful!

    Vincent says:
  • It’s actually a cool and useful piece of info. I’m happy that you shared this useful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

    Read More says:
  • Thanks in favor of sharing such a nice opinion, piece of writing is good, thats why i have read it fully

    Claudette says:

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