OMA’s New York office has won the design competition to plan a new city center in Bogota, Colombia. Known as the Bogota Centro Administrativo Nacional (CAN), the 680-acre site will occupy the midpoint of Calle 26, the city’s main thoroughfare. The proposal also shifts the historic downtown center, developed by Le Corbusier between 1947 and 1951.
A curved public space axis will divide the mixed-use development—expected to be the size of Washington, D.C.’s National Mall—into three districts: an office zone, institutional/governmental zone, and education campus linked to the existing university. The master plan, developed in collaboration with local architect Gomez + Castro, also calls for residences, cultural venues, and retail.
“Our proposal enables CAN to be a lively node, providing a continuous public domain that curves through the site to connect the park, the university and Calle 26,” Shohei Shigematsu, director of OMA New York, said in a statement. “With a single gesture, the arc achieves a clear urban identity while accommodating programmatic diversity.”
The competition jury noted that the “curve towards Calle 26 provides a clear urban face to the project, making it institutionally and commercially more attractive.”