Four Sports Sceneries for the South American Games 2010

Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B (Felipe Mesa)

Medellin, Colombia

February 2010


Giancarlo Mazzanti Felipe Mesa


Luz Rocio Lamprea (Partner architect) Alberto Aranda (Partner architect) Luisa Restrepo (Partner architect) Maria Alejandra Perez (partner architect) Juan Pablo Ramos (Architectural Supervision) Coninsa-Ramón H. (constructor) TOPOGRAFÍA Y AMBIENTES GRÁFICOS / Libardo Larrota (Topography) SOLINGRAL (Ground studies) Nicolás Parra y Daniel Lozano - CNI Ingenieros. (Structural Engineers) Jorge Granados (Hydraulic engineer) Ebingel (Electric Engineers) Jorge Ramirez (ARQUITECTURA Y BIOCLIMÁTICA) (Bioclimatic Engineers) Isolux (Illumination design)




Iwan Baan Sergio Gomez


The intellectual structure of this project matches the supporting structure. On the architecture of this project the intentions that support work, the final network that will eventually use the subject and the structure or skeleton of the building all coincide. The contrary: a containing architecture, of supposed flexible interior that hides the structure on the perimeter. This doesn’t have anything to do with the skeleton because it would not be occupied as a skeleton but as a void. The skeleton that we have analyzed doesn’t construct empty spaces. The mixture of these three orders or ways of understanding the skeleton propose a pattern for growth and variation of the project that expand its status. They make it more as a vital and beating form than a stable form. In the interior of the sceneries the image of the skeleton seems raw when the trusses are exposed, they are not longer melted down with the skin but directly with the structure. The force lines loose a little of vigor due to its swelling and the perception of a hat becomes more evident. Even the industrial image. The project melts public space with the interior activities because the structure avoids finishing (stopping) at the swelling. The skeleton of this project is a real structure.


The complex of the Four Sport Scenarios is located in the middle of the city of Medellin where older sport structures rise up. The stadium and other buildings were traditional and symbolical buildings that took a totally different turn when the new ones appeared. For some people the design was weird for others was an identifying way of the city they lived in. Medellin passed from being a very violent city to be a touristic and economy city. The Southamerican Games of 2010 encouraged the citizens to love their city even more.


Each of the four scenarios can be understood as a separate building, connected with another on an urban scale. The three new scenarios can also be understood as a single large building, related to the existing Ivan de Bedout Coliseum. The four coliseums can be understood as a great place to set both the buildings and public space. 1. The skeleton of the project is the pattern: Here the structure is an organization system or the understanding of vitality. It means that the relation the project proposes is its skeleton. 2. The skeleton of the project is made of the symmetry of the structure and the muscles: Here the structure is the way in which the limit or physiognomy of the project are equivalent to the skeleton. The skeleton is on the outside or the epidermis and vice versa, it is an expression of architecture. Architecture is qualified by the structure. 3. The skeleton of the project is the structure: Columns, bases, beams, roofs. Stripes, canals. Interior space.