solar-panelled urban furniture made of wood shapes communal spaces in colombia

solar-panelled urban furniture made of wood shapes communal spaces in colombia

rEVIVing spaces with inclined multifunctional urban structures


Within the city Magdalena, Colombia, ‘Yuma lab–The River Workshop’ by the CORHUILA University and ESAA and architects Taller Ciudad Portátil, El Sindicato Arquitectura, Katherine Bello Gómez, is an urban intervention made up of five diverse prototypes that allow the articulation of different uses: viewpoint, agora, stay, picnic area, dining room, inn and dock. Composed of wooden structures with solar panels the interventions are located in four different strategic spots throughout the Plaza de la Gaitana and its surroundings. It raises the importance to collectively rethink the dynamics and interactions that build new city models. 


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first inclined urban intervention in the plaza de la Gaitana



four collaborative, resting spaces FOR THE COMMUNITY


Taking urban setting into consideration, The Plaza de la Gaitana and its surroundings, the designer’s respond to the public structures with different social needs. The first project located in the Plaza has two urban interventions composed of the repetition of a truss that creates the stands, seat, viewpoint and shadow. One intervention functions as a viewpoint towards the Gaitana, and the other towards the Magdalena River.


In the middle square, by means of two trusses the structure creates furniture for resting with a shaded table. Under the trees along the river, two inclined platforms are placed by the river to allow users to have picnics, read a book or take a nap. Each of these urban projects optimize the use of renewable energies, with USB charging points and reading points with light through solar panels installed by renewable energy engineering students from CORHUILA and the company Sunny App.

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structural strength of wooden trusses carry the inclined plywood



moveable interactive structures follow function versus form


After defining the functional strategies, the form, materiality and structure were identified. Each intervention is built with wooden trusses that structure and dimension the overall shape and design. Inclined plywood platforms and furniture of different shapes, sizes and colors identify the specific activities of each part of the intervention, and can be disassembled and assembled for other uses. 


On the roadway, a tactical urban planning intervention was proposed by the artist Katherine Bello Gómez to improve the connection of the intervention area with the city. Finally, three information guidelines facilitate instructions to users who visit the urban furniture. The prefabrication was carried out in three days through collaborative work between students, teachers, collaborators and the community and the on-site assembly took one day to complete. 


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inclined plywood create a stair-like structure with many seating options

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two urban structures fill the plaza

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interactive inclined plywood

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inclined steps of wood by the river offer various seating spots


one structure functions as a viewpoint towards the Gaitana, the other towards the magdalena river

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third project by the river shaded by the trees

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double sided seating with a solar panel shade



a seat with the view of the magdalena river 

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solar panels offer shade and electricity for charging ports

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each project is built with wooden trusses

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the first structure facing the Gaitana


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view of the river



project info:


name: YUMA LAB | River Workshop
designer: Taller Ciudad Portátil, El Sindicato Arquitectura, Katherine Bello Gómez

promoter: Corporación Universitaria del Huila – CORHUILA, Escuela Superior de Arquitectura Avanzada – ESAA
students: Adriana María Ipuz Oviedo, Juan Sebastián Cruz Palencia, María del Mar Echeverri Tavera, María Paula Rojas Perdomo, Sara Gabriela Gómez Tibaque, Kevin Tovar Peña, María Paula Chacón Cubillos, Julián Horta Charry, Luisa Fernanda Garzón Gómez, Carol Vanessa Guerrero Carreño, María José Arbeláez Cándelo, María Angélica Gómez Larios, Fabián Andrés Pastrana Polo, Juan Sebastián Bustos Pérez, Laura Manuela García Quintero, Steffany Salamanca Conde, Darwin Sebastián Molina Amaya, Maycol Eduardo Ospina Matute, Juan Diego Bustos Castro, Edwin Esteban Cohetato Otálora, Misael Ernesto Pinzón Artunduaga, Juan David Ramírez Manchola, Daniel Achury, Maria Valeria Ordoñez Vidarte (Colombia) | Ydalia Yesenia Velásquez Casana, Carlos Velásquez Casana (Perú)
support associations: Gobernación del Huila, Alcaldía de Neiva, Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos Regional Huila, Sunny App.



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