“It’s Basically a Whole City They Built in There”

Photograph: Julia King & J.Combari

La Torre de David (the Tower of David, after David Brillembourg, the financier who built it) is a 45-story skyscraper, located in Caracas’ financial district. It was originally supposed to become an architectural symbol and an emblem of Venezuela’s entrepreneurial mettle, but the building never finished its construction because of the national financial crisis in the late 90′s. Currently it is hosting about 3000 residents (more than 750 families), who have built their own homes between the columns and floor plates of the unfinished tall building.
(Watch the video below for more information)Public spacesSome of the apartmentsA 97 years old lady, who was carried up the tower 5 years ago and she never left her apartment, because the building doesn’t have elevators.The gym A workplaceThe churchPhotographs: Iwan Baan

The architectural photographer Iwan Baan teamed up with architects Urban-Think Tank team of Venezuela and the architecture critic McGuirk to create the Torre David/Gran Horizonte exhibition and cafe. Their installation which presents the findings of a year-long research project, have won the Golden Lion for best project at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012. (read more)Photographs: Iwan Baan

“It’s basically a whole city they built in there,” Iwan Baan says while describing the homes, shops, church, hair salon and gym the residents have created, each inventing their own construction techniques to create “a sort of architecture without architects”. via dezeen.com

Three articles I recommend you to read:
NY Times: nytimes.com
Dezeen: dezeen.com, dezeen.com

2 responses

  1. Wow, that is totally awesome. People will do whatever they have to do!


    27/09/2012 at 12:41 PMSep

  2. Wow, what a trippy place



    21/10/2012 at 12:41 PMOct

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