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AR_EA Colombia: Ctrl G Estudio de Arquitectura

‘Colombian cities are in constant development’

Who are you?
Ctrl G estudio de arquitectura, led by Viviana Peña, and Catalina Patiño.

Why did you become architects?
To transform our cities and our lives.

What kind of work do you do?
Mostly public educational and cultural projects such as kindergartens, educational parks and museums. We also design private smaller projects such as houses. 

What is it like being an architect where you are?
Colombian cities are in constant development so there are opportunities for architects. But these bring with them responsibility.

What is the context (social, political, architectural) in which you are working?
As mentioned above, mainly public educational infrastructures. These programmes are promoted through state initiatives mainly by local mayors and authorities who believe that urban transformations play an important role in the social context of our communities. 

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Source: Cristobal Palma

Educational park, Caramanta, Colombia by Ctrl G estudio de arquitectura

What inspires you?
The concepts of ‘union and repetition’. The three kindergartens we designed in our city were the result of the union and repetition of hexagonal elements. Each element is a classroom for 30 kids. The two parallel axes of each hexagon allowed us to have a surface to assemble them in a flexible system that could accommodate a variety of site conditions. We could apply similar patterns in different and sometimes adverse conditions. In other instances, these ideas of union and repetition of an element ended up as a museum facade, or a pierced surface with surprising effects on the luminosity of physical spaces.  

What project are you most proud of and why?
Pajarito Kindergarten, one of our first projects. And the Museum of Modern Art, because of the impact it will have on our city’s culture.  

What is unique about your work?
We wouldn’t say that it is unique, we think it reflects our thoughts and our ways of living.

What are your favourite design tools?
Photoshop, SketchUp, AutoCAD

What do you want to be remembered for?
What will remain about us are the buildings, especially the ones that we designed for the public, for our city.

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