Universidad de los Andes Competition
Brandon Haw Architecture was invited by the Universidad de los Andes to participate in a limited design competition for the expansion of its campus encompassing 260,500 ft2 (24,200 m2) of new construction and public spaces. The masterplan and architectural design integrates the campus with the surrounding urban environment, and seeks to firmly establish the university as an academic and cultural engine of the city.
The program for the new development includes: a research center for information technologies; a “Black Box” theater for an audience of 600; an exhibition hall; two administrative departments; and classrooms, laboratories, and study areas for students.
Founded in 1948, the Universidad de los Andes is one of Colombia’s most prestigious universities, with over 18,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The campus has grown organically in the foothills of the mountains at the eastern edge of Bogotá, with an average change in level reaching 250 feet (77 meters) from one end to another, making it a uniquely “horizontal/vertical” campus. The competition site is located in the northwestern corner of the campus, effectively making it the university’s “front door.”
Brandon Haw Architecture was selected by the university as the only international firm to participate in the competition as a “project leader”, leading a team of local technical consultants for the development of the proposal.
Mixed Use – Carpark with retail and residential
400 Collins is a mixed-use development in Miami’s South of Fifth Historic District. Upon completion, it will be the city’s only luxury multi-residence carpark. The project distinguishes itself by combining high-end residential units at roof level, set within their own private landscaped gardens, nesting above a primary use carparking structure. The carpark itself sits above an exclusive dining establishment along Collins Avenue, thus actively contributing to the life of the neighborhood. 400 Collins acts as a contextual response to its function and place, whilst engaging in Miami’s dialogue of architecturally innovative parking structures. Visually captivating yet seamlessly integrated into its surroundings, the project draws upon the work of Leonard Horowitz and Barbara Capitman in the late 70’s that sought to establish a distinctive color palate for this historic neighborhood. 400 Collins is therefore an exercise in scale, subtlety and restraint that speaks to Brandon Haw Architecture’s established design narrative, while simultaneously diversifying the firm’s typological capabilities.
An outer layer of white vertical fins shade an inner skin of vibrant color, designed to reflect color and light between interior and exterior. Spaced irregularly, the tubular shades sometimes reveal more or less color to the observer. The resulting design creates a changing color wave from one floor to the next impacting the user and observer’s experience according to vantage point, seasonal weather fluctuations and time of day.
Universidad de los Andes
School of Management
Institutional and corporate offices
Located just north of the historic center of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, the project is part of Serena del Mar’s master plan to establish a new, transformative business and medical community.
The groundbreaking structure will house the prestigious University of Los Andes International School of Business and Management as well as commercial offices. The design engages internal and external spaces to create collaborative workspaces, subtly framing the surrounding landscape.
Designed to capture northerly breezes and maximize air movement over pools of cool water, the plan creates a shaded micro-climate within central courtyards – a functional interpretation of local Cartagena architecture.
External glass fiber reinforced concrete fins shelter the full height glazing from the local hot sun throughout the day, reducing the cooling load of the building. Incorporating the sun’s annual path and orientation, these functionally-driven design elements create a cool and magical environment for the students and faculty who inhabit the building, where the play of light and framed views interact throughout the day and season.
Located in the Collins Avenue Historic District of Miami Beach and adjacent to Roy France’s classic Versailles Hotel (1941) and Faena House (2015), the property marks an exceptional addition to the acclaimed Faena District.
Designed to create open space around the original landmarked Versailles structure and maximize views of both the ocean and the western sunsets, the Versailles Contemporary is a shining example of contextualized design.
Expansive cantilevered balconies and rounded glazed corners create a harmonious relationship with both its historic and contemporary neighbors while providing shade and mitigating wind environments on the terraces. The undulating forms create a rippling façade that seems to float above the ocean’s horizon.
Gracious living environments with well-proportioned interiors are designed to harmonize and reinforce a connection to the sensuous forms of the building’s exterior.
Corporate and retail
The Calle 26 project was an advanced proposal for triple grade A commercial and retail space in Bogotá. The site marked a new multi-purpose community in the emerging Salitre District, located minutes from downtown on Calle 26 and the El Dorado International Airport. The project has since been adapted as a forthcoming residential development for which Brandon Haw Architecture remains as the principal architect.
Comprised of 1.35 million square feet of premium office space, the design creates a unified architectural and urban response, instantly recognizable from the highway. Highly efficient, environmentally responsive units cluster around a lively central public plaza.
The plaza is positioned around a reflecting pool and amphitheater that allows light into the car parking structure below. Large specimen trees provide shading and encourage social gathering in the colonnaded retail, food and beverage outlets at the plaza level.
Building users and local residents can enjoy the plaza with its performing arts events and shaded places to sit and relax throughout the day and evening as well as on weekends, creating an enlivened destination hub for the local community.
Chilled beams, natural ventilation and a highly efficient external seismic structural exoskeleton shade the glazed facades.
Located in the heart of Bogota’s Chapinero district, the eight-story luxury residential development stands adjacent to three landmarked buildings. Crafted to accommodate the essence of Bogota’s lifestyle, the structure is refined in detail and responsive in design.
Sitting on a steep incline, the project has been developed to follow contours of the site and to be organized around a secure central courtyard that forms the heart of the residence.
Concrete seismic shear walls are bound together at each floor level by elegant bronze-finished metal straps, encircling the building.
Sliding sun and privacy screens modulate the terraced balconies with their expansive views of the mountains and city landscape.