New public realm project will help revitalise former business district

Gillespies appointed for major Bogotá regeneration

Gillespies has been appointed as landscape architects on a major mixed-use commercial development in central Bogotá.

Atrio is located next to the junction of Avenida el Dorado and Avenida Caracas in the Centro Internacional regeneration area of the Colombian capital. Designed by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Colombian based architects El Equipo Mazzanti, it includeds two mixed-use towers of 42 and 58 storeys, and 10,00sq m of open public space, which constitutes two thirds of the site area.

Gillespies’ plans for the public realm is a contemporary approach to classic South American landscape architecture, merging natural and cultural landscapes. A network of open spaces take their cue from five core themes of Bogotá life: meandering nature; colour; flow of water; erosion and vertical landscapes; and art. Streetscapes will be marked by green entrances with bosques and planting.

The network of new streets knits the development into the surrounding streetscape and leads pedestrians through the site to the city centre.

Stephen Richards, a partner at Gillespies, said: “Atrio is a truly remarkable development, unprecedented in Colombia for both its scale and ambition. What started life as an idea for a major new landmark in Bogotá has evolved into a powerful expression of vibrant public life. The project has a significance that extends well beyond its physical boundaries. Fundamentally, Atrio reinforces the idea that art and culture should be at the very heart of city life.”

This is Gillespies’ first project in Latin America. Atrio is due for completion in late 2018.

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