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Heatherwick Studio Publishes CGIs for First South American Project 

Heatherwick Studio Publishes CGIs for First South American Project 
11 April 2024

Renowned architecture practice Heatherwick Studio has named its first project to go to construction in South America.


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Heatherwick Studio, the practice behind the 2012 Olympic Cauldron and Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, is to embark on its first project to go to construction in South America, with works expected to start in 2025.  

The studio has been appointed to create a new building for Ean University in Bogotá, Colombia, to house its school of sustainable design. Ean University aims to become a world-leading centre for training and research in sustainable entrepreneurship, led by the Goals for Sustainable Development and Social Progress promoted by UNESCO. The building will serve as a new centre for the campus, providing a new public space in the city. 

CGIs released by the studio show vibrant multicoloured columns on the façade of the building, with open terraces and overflowing plants. The biophilic design will include local plant species.



Picture: a CGI showing the façade of the proposed building, showing its colourful columns and draping plants. Image Credit: NOD


The studio says the colourful columns are inspired by Werregue basketry, beautiful hand-weaved baskets made from natural palm fronds. These baskets are unique to Colombia’s Wounaan indigenous community.

Eliot Postma, partner at Heatherwick Studio, said: “Creativity is intrinsic to the city of Bogotá. You see it everywhere. We want students to feel proud of their campus before they even enter the building, arriving through a public square that offers passers-by a welcoming communal oasis amidst the hard urban surroundings.”

Picture: a CGI showing one of the public areas of the new site, with people sitting in communal areas outdoors. Image Credit: NOD

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 11 April 2024


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