pico colectivo adds parasitic structure to building in venezuela

pico colectivo adds parasitic structure to building in venezuela

venezuelan firm pico colectivo added a parasitic structure, ‘radiador’ to an existing building in caracas. the designers recovered and transformed a building to propel its change in a cultural center. the addition is a part of multiple facilities composing the ‘ecosystem of cultural economies’. the new structure filters the outside world into the interiors, with a uniquely illuminated and ventilated atmosphere. 




pico colectivo removed the building’s existing curtain wall. they disassembled the original enclosure that conveyed a modern and sophisticated aesthetic for the building and restructured the facade of a designated part of the structure. the studio created a permeable skeleton that adds a layer to the building’s exterior yet is also part of the interior, blurring the barriers of the enclosed environment.




the designers rethought the balcony as a structure that oxygenates the interior space and recovers the use of ventilation and natural light. the porous cell in a scaffold body adheres to the building system and dissipates the heat in the building’s interiors. the new structure’s angled geometry and bold colors stand out from the existing building, personifying a creature of its own.





project info:


designers: pico colectivo

head designer: marcos coronel

workmaster: juan ortega

construction: juan ortega, jose suarez, jose dionise, marcos coronel

photography: jose bastidas, casino caracas audiovisual unit

year: 2019



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edited by: cristina gomez | designboom

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