pico colectivo has transformed an existing vandalized building in guácara, venezuela, to create the ‘cultural production zone’. the project addresses the need for collective community spaces as a result of huge gaps and precarious structures commonly found in the city center. by repurposing shipping containers, the design creates a variety of functions including: urban garden, cafeteria, image and audiovisual laboratory, recording studio and music room, gallery, multipurpose workshop, skate plaza, sports court and a stage for presentations.
all images courtesy of pico colectivo
the scheme by the architect uses an existing building that was previously left to ruin after street protests. the ‘cultural production zone’ initiative transforms the vandalized space with a series of initiatives driven by groups of artists and local communities. the project gained support from a state financing program that provides technical equipment and cultural tools. the design uses shipping containers to accommodate the spaces and stacks them to create multiple structures into a single, more complex system.
components of the cultural production zone project
by using a substructure supported by the previous foundations, the separate containers are assembled on top of one another to build a whole. color and greenery have been used throughout to make an inviting and welcoming environment for the community. the intervention by pico colectivo brings together cultural units to create a center of urban creation and experimental economies, based on the transformation of an existing vandalized construction.
the cultural production zone building
a look at the existing, vandalized building
the shipping containers being manoeuvred into place
containers are stacked on the existing building
view from the street
a birds-eye view of the containers complex
the landscape of containers
a view under construction from the telephone tower
view of the external staircase
the completed cultural production zone
project name: ‘cultural production zone’
location: guácara, venezuela
architects: pico colectivo
edited by: lynne myers | designboom
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