2015

Imprecise Tropics 

Coffee Production / Education Center

 

 

The tropic is precise in its definition only when referred to it as latitude. It is imprecise in its architecture, in its spatial condition and in the experience of its everyday life, even when we try to define it for architectural purposes or to describe its conditions, specially because it becomes ambiguous and contradictory, sometimes ungraspable.

This studio’s aim was to use architecture as a device for knowledge and experience the tropic in an ambiguous way, not only as a meeting point as site specific projects but also as a divergence for understanding and unravelling the non transparent tropical condition through its unique geography, climate, diversity and material culture as resources to re-define the idea of tropical space and architecture away from the cliche or preconceived ideas.

Columbia is one of the most prominent coffee producers in the world, yet the country lacks the culture of drinking high quality coffee. Generally people choose to drink instant coffee and often the farmers producing the most expensive and prestigious types of coffee for export don’t know what thier coffee tastes like. This building aims to promote the culture of drinking coffee by bringing together coffee production, consumption and education in one building. The architecture is designed to improve the livelihood of the farmers working in the coffee industry by bringing in alternate sources of profit such as introducing coffee tourism. 

The architecture follows the unique topography of the site. The roof is a gesture that brings together the different wings and creates shaded areas therefore setting the potential for social activities to occur underneath it. 

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