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MOBO wins Cartagena public realm overhaul job

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[First look + plans + project data] Emerging London-based MOBO Architects has taken first place in a design competition to overhaul the Cartagena UNESCO World Heritage site in Colombia

The studio will create a 20,000m² public realm scheme – constructed from white concrete, timber and Corten steel – surrounding the historic coastal fortress city.

Recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984, the sixteenth century settlement features extensive fortifications, a cathedral and several historic palaces.

The project will replace a number of existing vertical and horizontal access structures including walkways, stairs and ramps.

A new traffic management scheme will also be introduced giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists. The city’s waterfront car park will meanwhile be transformed into a new green area while a section of the destroyed city wall will become a canal.

According to the studio: ‘The project aims to respect the existing fortress while bringing new experiences, making people part of it and offering a new way of interaction with the city.

‘This is achieved through the creation of new structures and the adaptation of existing spaces towards the new system of spaces, integrating the urban landscape both visually and physically.’

The practice – set up in 2013 and based in Kennington, London – has been appointed to develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 2 through to completion.

Project data

Type: Construction Project. Urban Scale, Heritage, Urban Furniture
Date: 11.2014
Client: Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos
Location:  Cartagena, Colombia
Size: 20,000m²
Status: Winners of Open Competition, Stage 2 Design Development
Team: Anna Kulik, Giorgio Badalacchi, Ana Salazar, Regina Mirzoyantz





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