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December 2020

Grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL

The Dutch cultural fund for architecture, design and digital culture, has selected TALLER Architects as recipient of a stimulus to help professionalize our practice. This aid will allow us to navigate and reflect on how to operate and thrive in these troubling times.

The following months, we will review our trajectory and experience, have an open conversation with colleagues and advisers in order to ultimately formulate a strategy which will help the company emerge stronger from the covid-19 crisis.

Visit the Stimulerings Fonds Site (in Dutch)


December 2020

Forest and Sport Park wins Best Landscape Award WAFChina 2020

In the very first edition of the World Architecture Festival Awards in China, Forest and Sports Park was granted no less than two awards. During the live ceremony in Chengdu, the project was first awarded the Excellence in Design Award, followed by the overall Best Landscape Project Award in all of China. This new park is the result of a joint design by LOLA Landscape Architects, TALLER Architects, and Land+Civilization Compositions after having won the competition in mid 2018.

Shenzhen is all about innovation, therefore the ambition was to make a park that is as innovative as the city itself. A park which can adapt to the constant evolution of sports while simultaneously contributing to a more resilient nature. An elevated red path gives universal access to the forest. With a steady soft slope, connecting ramps and elevators, it provides users from all age groups a safe and easy way towards the mountain. To enjoy the views of the surrounding city and the ability to immerse yourself in the thick forest. The Forest and Sports Park serves as an articulation between the city of Guangming and the forest reserve.

The jury statement reads: “This is a new ‘lung’ for the city, and is accessible to the widest variety of citizens in an exemplary way. The boldness of the design treatment is typified by the use of red to contrast with the green of the surrounding natural environment; the approach to ecological regeneration is worthy of repetition elsewhere.”

Organizer: Guangming New District Management Committee
Co-Organizer: Shen Zhen Guang Ming Center for Urban Development
Coordinator: OCT Guang Ming Investment Co. Ltd.

Article from El Espectador (in Español)


December 2020

Vertical Campus receives First Prize in the 2A South and Central America Architecture Awards 2020

The 2A Continental Architectural Awards was established to honour and celebrate the achievements in Architecture and Urban Design. Organised by 2A magazine from Iran, the 2ACAA 2020 endorses the appreciation of architecture, far and wide, all over the world.

The Vertical Campus project received the highest recognition in the South and Central America Architecture for the Public Building Category. The project was made alongside TAB > Taller de Arquitectura de Bogotá and inaugurated in August 2019.

View 2A Awards Site


October 2020

Award of Excellence for Qianhai Public Spaces in Shenzhen

LOLA Landscape Architects, TALLER and Land+Civilization Compositions receive the IFLA-AAPME 2020 Award of Excellence for New Biotope - Design for the Qianhai Cooperation Zone Public Spaces in the Analysis and Masterplanning Category.

The IFLA AAPME Awards 2020 - “GLOBAL CALL FOR RESILIENCE” is a global award initiated by the IFLA Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East (AAPME) regions. It recognizes projects that have successfully promoted climate change adaptation, responsible practices, and the pursuit of joint efforts to address the issue of resilient city-building.

The jury statement reads: ‘For the outstanding portrayal of landscape in a multi-faceted way, with vertical layering of transportation networks to address mobility and creation of new resilient ecologies. Landscape architecture shines as a discipline that integrates the site.’

Collaboration with: LOLA, L+CC, local partners Lay-Out and SZAD
Client: ShenZhen QianHai Development & Investment Holdings


October 2020

Architecture at the helm the economic recovery in Bogotá’s traditional markets: The case of La Perseverancia

What started as an open call for ideas on how architecture can respond to the covid-19 pandemic, the compilation of different strategies and initiatives Reto Covid-19 allowed the Colombian Society of Architects (SCA) to approach city officials when the time came to think about how to reopen restaurants and markets in a safe way.

This opportunity led to a specific challenge: La Perseverancia Market. The SCA assembled a team of professionals under the direction of TALLER’s partner Julian Restrepo, who coordinated the design-build efforts after having engaged and involved the community in the process.

The end result is a scaffolding structure which strives to keep a safe distance vertically, instead of horizontally. This strategy enabled three times more tables than a conventional approach and created a tall visible structure, a symbol of the economic reactivation and recovery of the market.

The architectural design was a collaboration between architects Henry Gualdrón, Alejandro Saldarriaga and German Bahamón (Colab-19), Carolina Moreno and Pablo Andrés Luque. The construction was made possible thanks to a number of sponsors, donors and patrons.

View Project on Archdaily


August 2020

Bogotá’s Environmental Circuit (CAB) has been declared winner in the IV BLAP - Latin American Landscape Architecture Biennale

As winner of the Unbuilt / Regional Scale Category the CAB is a city-scale project that promotes territorial planning through the integration of urban development and the city's main ecological structure. With the natural water cycle as an articulating axxis, the project strives to tackle head-on the challenges brought forth by the climate crisis while fostering a more livable city.

The project was commissioned by the Empresa de Acueducto y Alcantarillado de Bogotá and made in collaboration with ORU, Manuela Guzmán Ramírez, and Mónica Arzoz.


July 2020

Vertical Campus shortlisted for the XXVII BCAU - Colombian Architecture and Urbanism Biennale

The project for Universidad Central in Bogotá has been selected to be part of the most representative projects built in the last years in Colombia. It will be featured in the upcoming “virtual event” and showcased in the Colombian Biennale catalogue. Project designed alongside TAB.


May 2020

Guangming Town Forest and Sports Park - Work is progressing on site

Construction work on the first stage of the 600 hectare park in Shenzhen is close to completion. The Red Path, a 4.2km long elevated walkway crossing the entire site is almost complete. The ground modeling and earthworks for the Entrance Square and the Bihu Loop are being carried out at great speed. The initial stage of the park is expected to open later this year. Collaboration with LOLA and L+CC


April 2020

Gold Mention for the Ghost Town Refuge Competition

Set amidst the ruins of the ancient Craco in the province of Matera, Italy the competition featured renowned architects such as David Chipperfield, Alberto Viega, João Luís Carrilho da Graça and Benedetta Tagliabue, as jury members. Our proposal “The line, the dot and the plane” was acknowledged with a Gold Mention. The competition was launched by YAC and Craco Ricerche.


Februrary 2020

Sven Hoogerheide named director of TALLER Architect’s Amsterdam studio

TALLER Architects welcomes Sven Hoogerheide as director of its new Amsterdam studio opening in March on the banks of the Lauriergracht canal.

Sven Hoogerheide (1984, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) was educated at the Technical University Delft and the Technical University Berlin. He gathered professional experience over 10 years in both the Netherlands and Colombia. Throughout his career, he has contributed to a variety of large scale, mixed-use projects from first concept to final realization, gaining considerable skills in architectural design, general planning, and technical due diligence.

Due to our remarkable growth over the last years in Latin America and China, it is time to embark on a new adventure in Europe with Sven at the helm.


January 2020

Engineering Labs Tower opens to students and faculty members in Bogotá

The Engineering Faculty of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana welcomes the community to their new tower built over a period of around three years. Although there are some finishing touches to be made, most of the laboratories are now available for use. Expected inauguration ceremony to be held in March 2020. The project, won as the result of a competition held in 2014, was designed in partnership with Juan Pablo Ortiz.


January 2020

“Eight interventions for a New Era” has been announced as winner of the Shenzhen Bay Park competition in Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen Bay Park is the city’s most important waterfront. It is the interface between a global city and the world seas. It forms a precious ecosystem which has not yet reached its full potential. With a length of nearly 10 kilometers, we believe it has the capacity for many more things to do and to see, to host many more park visitors, and to incorporate more valuable nature. The park is in dire need of a powerful upgrade. The main concept contemplates an open design strategy which allows for further upgrading in the decades to come. It is a strategy that strives to create a more natural bay which strengthens links between the city and the sea. We envision a park that can transform and adapt overtime, helping attract visitors for years to come. Collaboration with LOLA, L+CC, and El Taller de Arquitectos

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