Under the National Meeting of Students of Architecture of Venezuela, ENEA 2011, Were invited to give the closing lecture last Friday 27. This meeting, with headquarters in San Cristobal, Tachira (300,000 inhabitants), brought together architecture students from around the nation who participated in workshops focusing on urban regeneration, public space improvements and attended lectures of interesting Latin American studies, some published earlier here, as is the case Producer, Plan B or local MA + or Nomads.
It has become common to hear about this country on issues related to domestic policy, though little is heard of its architecture. The truth is that Venezuela focuses an interesting example of architecture in its timeline, unique in its gestation and production processes, Which represents a valuable testimony and influence new generations of architects who are practicing in the country during the last decade.
We review some examples below.
San Cristobal (in the area of ??the Venezuelan Andes), is an outstanding city with a climate and temperatures that require open space architecture, but protected at a time of abundant rain and sunshine. His small town character transformed into a space not large structures, but has amazing examples that combine well local currency and tones. The most prominent example is the Holy Redeemer Church, Architect Fruto Vivas, A building where the brick is carried to its ultimate expression through different placements that create curved walls, vertical towers and translucent panels. This architecture as well executed in brick recalls moments from Uruguay Eladio Dieste.
Another churches Fruto Vivas (disciple of Oscar Niemeyer) is located in the same city. Although brick is repeated as a common element, is a more geometric and rational exploration.
Caracas, capital city status, has an interesting number of valuable works. During the decades of 40s and 50s, the oil boom transformed the country into an important development, which resulted in major infrastructure and iconic pieces of architecture. Caracas is now undoubtedly a landmark of modern architecture in Latin America, home of the current reference and clear Caracas heritage for future generations. Here are some examples that I had to go.
The figure of the architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva is more present in the Venezuelan architects. Their modern legacy penetrated all levels of society and is undoubtedly a benchmark study for those wishing to learn more about Venezuelan architecture. Perhaps much of his work can be summarized in the Central University of Caracas, his most surprising work.
Villanueva build a campus from start to finish and it takes about 10 years to create a distinctly modern campus of expressive nuances, but with a clear reference to local culture linked to the landscape and climate. On the way, we can learn much about the variety of forms, applications and expressions that can have concrete and material.
Villa Planchart, Gio Ponti
This is the house that the family entrusts Planchart Gio Ponti, the Milanese architect and designer, founder of the famous magazine ‘domus. ” The commission, which was held at a distance, called for a contemporary design as possible and involve the design of architecture and sculpture and furniture selection. This home meets a privileged collection of pieces as both art and furniture for various avant-gardes of the twentieth century.
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