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Farallones Coffee Processing Plant

Ciudad Bolívar, Colombia, 2016

In the municipality of Cuidad Bolívar, located 75 km southeast of Medellín, over a thousand families work in coffee production, a process that entails the pulping, rinsing, fermenting and drying of coffee beans. The project arose from a joint initiative of businesses and cooperatives in the area, searching to rethink the use, the role and the function of a coffee processing plant. The project should provide a space for both industrial production as well as for the collectivity emblematic of the region. Today the coffee processing plant houses a community center with programs and a staff to intended for the public´s education and entertainment. The project is resolved by a volume of rectangular plan (measuring 28 x 58 m), whose roof provides overhanging eaves of 3m intended to shade the coffee growers as they deliver the crop. The entire surface of the façade is wrapped by 2cm-thick prefabricated panels of red-tinted concrete. Considering maintenance, stability and the problem of corrosion in the process of coffee decomposition, the facade panels are organized into three registers: lower panels are imprinted with a graphic pattern recalling traditional wooden doors of the region; above, the panels that support structural fins have a texture similar to fique (hemp) and are diagonally arranged to allow cool air to permeate the façade; the third panel type is composed of is imprinted with high-relief rhomboid openings that allow light to enter and warm air to escape to avoid condensation. The project uses a system of oxidation of the by-product of the fermentation process to prevent contamination of area’s hydraulic springs.

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Camilo Restrepo AGENdA

AGENdA is an architecture agency founded by Camilo Restrepo, committed to create cultural and social value through site specific urban and rural projects. Camilo graduated from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (1998) and holds a master’s degree by the Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya. He is guest professor at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella since 2017 and was guest professor at Harvard GSD from 2013 to 2016. He has been nominated to the Mies Crown Hall Architecture Prize 2014 and was one of the finalists of the Rolex Mentor Protege 2012. He has been invited to international exhibitions such as the Chicago Architectural Biennial and the Bienal de Arquitectura de Chile in 2017, and his work has been published in international magazines such as Abitare, Arquine and Domus.

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