La Concordia Amphitheater | colab-19

Release Time: February 2, 2021

Project Name: La Concordia Amphitheater

Year: 2020

Area: 154m2

Design Collaborators: Colab-19 + Taller Architects + SCA

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Country of office: Colombia / England

Photography by: Alberto Roa



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Bogotá is a city that has been gravely affected by the pandemic, not only has the city had one of the longest forced quarantines since the beginning of the pandemic, but it is a city where the vast majority of the population cannot work from home. This has led to an internal socio-economic crisis where several sectors have been gravely damnified. As an example, 40% of the cities restaurants have been forced to shut down leaving thousands unemployed. As such, On the 4th of September, the local government launched the program “Bogota a cielo abierto” the reopening of 100 streets for outdoor dining and reactivate their services.

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© Alberto Roa

Moving forward in the initiative to reactivate economic sectors in the city of Bogotá, the local government contacted the design team summoned by the Colombian Society of Architects to carry out the designs for “La Concordia: Amphitheater”. Learning from their previous intervention, “La Perse”, the team concluded that the success of their previous design was due to the concept of vertical distancing through scaffolding systems. This significantly helped the Perseverancia Market Plaza increase table capacity during pandemic times.

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As such, when the Concordia Market Plaza contacted the Colombian Society of Architects to develop a similar installation in their open spaces, the team knew they were asking for a similar design to “La Perse”. The main difference between the two market plazas, and the resulting design, was due to their difference in uses. In the Perseverancia Market, there are only uses related to gastronomy, conversely, the Concordia plaza has diverse uses dedicated to commerce and entertainment (theater & art gallery).

© Alberto Roa

© Alberto Roa

Therefore, Colab-19 concluded that the new design should show the diverse uses and cultural significance present in the plaza. Consequently, the envisioned design was a flexible amphitheater able to offer outdoor dining, retail, and entertainment activities. The typology of the structure in “U” shape is open to the entrance of the building, enhancing the facade as the principal scenario able to host any performance, concert, or even a religious event thanks to the flexibility proposed by the architects.

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The first platform of the structure is open to the public with local retail shops. In regards to the gastronomic uses of the plaza, the concept of “inhabitable staircase” allows the outdoor dining on the second floor to have appropriate physical distancing between tables. One thing the team learned from the previous project, “La Perseverancia”, was that the installation itself was privatizing public space. This led the architects to create the top of the Concordia structure an accessible rooftop open to the public. Making it possible for every citizen to enjoy the panoramic view of Bogota.

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