LAMO CC_Centro Comunitario “El Morrocoy“

LAMO CC_Centro Comunitario “El Morrocoy“

Architect
AGRA Anzellini Garcia-Reyes Arquitectos
Location
Sucre, Colombia | View Map
Project Year
2017
Category
Rural

Workshops

Cultural Centres

Project description

AGRA Anzellini Garcia-Reyes Arquitectos as Architects

 
This project is the result of a public competition organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and financed by the Ministry of the Environment, the Global Adaptation Fund and the UNDP; with the participation of the Colombian Adaptation Fund. The community center is part of a larger program implemented in the "La Mojana" subregion to reduce the negative impacts of climate change.
 
The "Morrocoy" community center owes its name to its shape of a turtle shell. Its function is to bring together the community and be a refuge in the frequent episodes of flooding in the area. It is part of a program that seeks to respond to emergencies caused by the winter wave and climate change in the La Mojana subregion, in the Colombian Caribbean during 2010.
 
The project starts from the use of typologies, techniques and materials that combine the vernacular with simple contemporary techniques, adapted to the context and circumstances. The structure, made of wood and the palm roof, are built on a “terrified” or cement-soil platform, inspired by the system used by the Zenúes, a pre-Columbian culture that flourished in the region. The project was built with traditional materials for local use, such as Palma Amarga, Lata de Corozo and wood. Conventional materials such as concrete and steel were also used.
 
The adaptation of typologies, materials and techniques is constantly changing in the region due to the scarce availability of vernacular materials such as palm and wood in flood areas, and the popularization of contemporary resources such as zinc roofing and cement blocks such as alternatives. In this hybrid context, the design and construction of the project are adapted and implemented the best of both parties to solve the problems created by climate change: the typologies, forms, techniques and the use of materials extracted from the local context, supported by the communities and highly revalued through the "Shared Wisdom" method, are appropriated and applied by the team to design and build the Morrocoy community center.

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