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an unprecedented project in COLOMBIA... bogotá - la calera

We are pleased to submit this concept, a work-in-progress, for the Cerro del Aguila Project to be developed on the Andes near Bogota (the “Project”). It has been a pleasure interacting with the owners during the past years and appreciate the time they gave us to outline our conceptual ideas of the Project; we remain very impressed with its extent and vision.

Back to Spirit’s staff include senior architects with experience around the world. Felipe Londono´s background in Architecture and Urban Design, gained over more than twenty years’ experience in Colombia, the Caribbean, Europe, the US and Asia, allows him to propose alternatives that fuse international and local flavors, that demonstrate and enhance ambiance in a contemporary manner. The BTS team is also very familiar with sustainable oriented projects.

From Back to Spirit we believe we understand the essence and character as well as the functional program intended for this Project and as master planners design architects we are very well suited to help the developer team achieve the goals and objectives.
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bogota sitting by the andes

a spectacular site

colombian andes

views to bogota an the san rafael dam
view to bogota
view to the dam
cerro del aguila and bogota

master plan concept

We introduce an unprecedented project in Colombia. the Parques del Cerro del Aguila are located in a splendid enclave of the Eastern Mountain range of the Colombian Andes, between the city of Bogota and the Municipality of the Calera, in a topography of varied slopes that dominate the valley of the Teusacá and the Savannah of Bogota.

The keys that justify the Cerro del Águila project are sustainable development, natural preservation and environmental education. The way in which such keys will be applied, and in this the project replicates the general philosophy of Back to Spirit brand ventures, goes through long-term planning, the provision of value-added services with unique characteristics, and a fluid and continues with local communities.

landscape concept

The lyrical understanding of space and climate is to be distilled in the essence of this work, which should be profoundly respectful of the forces of life, evocative of tradition, sensitive to light…

This beautiful place is a micro-high Andean basin, that is, the source of numerous streams that provide the Bogota metropolis with its excellent waters, and home to a great variety of endemic plants and animals.

Back to Spirit manages a multi-faceted project, sensitive to a critical environment for water production, which will be a mandatory reference on the map of a new optimistic and peaceful country: a contribution to the quality of life of the citizens of Bogotá and a cross between nature and culture.

architecture concept

Architecture is our dialogue with the forces of life. In this project, we seek to maximize the opportunity to add value and generate iconic works that will be our client’s pride.

For Cero del Aguila, our design philosophy is supported by the development of architectural ideas that are powerful, distinctive and relevant to specific aspects of program and context.

Cerro del Aguila will be designed with cultural relevance and sustainable principles, integrated planning, architecture and landscape design to create destinations within a destination, Cerro del Aguila will occupy a prominent place in the short list of the World’s most prestigious, premium resort developments.

The innovative development program for this project invites us to rethink the way to occupy a territory, establishing a respectful relationship with the natural environment.

The foothills of the Eastern Cordillera that dominate the city of Bogotá are crossed by small valleys where the waters are collected and channeled, which will later form the flow of the great rivers that feed the Orinoco basin. It is about abrupt terrains but of pleasant climates, very vulnerable to human activity. One of the great achievements of Bogota, achieved at the cost of serious pressures and sacrifices, has been to preserve and improve this crucial set of micro-basins. But the need for development and the growing demand for water resources in the area constantly threaten this weak harmony.

parque de los cometas
parque del tigrillo
parque del mochuelo
parque del águila

It is here where Cerro del Águila is presented as an unprecedented alternative of interaction between man, city and landscape.

  • Its first facet is that of a natural reserve, for the preservation of water basins;
  • second, a private access forest reserve where high-end services of the welfare industry are provided, providing funds and value-added incentives to better conserve the natural environment;
  • and finally, a privileged home, full of pure air and nature, for some citizens, just thirty minutes from the financial heart of the Colombian capital. With a very light implantation in the territory, less than 5% of the total area, Cerro del Águila represents the highest standard of the purpose of Back to Spirit to promote sustainable development and value for the territory.
To the resident of Bogota, the Cerro del Aguila will provide a green lung, a water source, a natural reserve for recreation and education; to the investor, a property with unique added values ​​in terms of landscape and exclusive services very close to the city; to the local communities, a life structure that provides material benefits as well as a deep connection with nature; to the country and the planet, a new way of occupying the territory without destroying the values ​​of the ecosystem and the landscape, and without putting at risk the water that half of Colombians drink.

parque del tigrillo

  • 16 luxury apartments
  • 7 offices

parque del mochuelo

comarca del mochuelo

  • 32 luxury residences

maru wellness resort

  • 18 grand chalet suites
  • 29 ecolodge suites
  • 7 spa chalets
  • maru SPA
  • maru convention center

look & feel

alpine look & feel

SPA

materials concept

Mater, color, texture, light, and water harmoniously integrated in a complete solution. A complete synthesis between architecture and it´s living contexts (natural or entropic). A concept of wellbeing the results in the choice of raw materials: water, wood, concrete, stone, glass, aluminum, primary materials, durable, environmentally friendly and infinitely recyclable.
water
Beverly Hills House
concrete
wood
glass
steel
wood, stone, glass and aluminum
wood - stone - glass - aluminum
fabrics - leather
ceramics - concrete - wood
steel - wood - stone

sustainability

Imagine flowing forms sitting lightly in the landscape, nestled in the tropical forest. Pathways winding through lush natural gardens, along streams and bubbling brooks, with occasional glimpses and dramatic views of the the Caribbean. Strolling from home to neighborhood to hotel, without crossing streets and barely ever seeing cars. Walking out from your front door in the morning, and back to your home in the afternoon on trails that connect directly to the beach. A resort community that respects the natural environment, consumes the minimum amount of energy and places the least amount of stress on the local ecology. A sustainable resort、with architecture, planning and its landscape environment so integrated as to be indivisible: the first of its kind in the Caribbean, and destined to become renowned throughout the world.

ecological corridors

Linear systems of native trees and bushes planted along the cleared areas of the property and by filling empty areas between isolated remnants of vegetation and alond trails, paths and roads. Essential elements that bring together the mountain and the urban areas.

hedgerows

Serve as noise and chemical buffers, between farms and cities, fugitive dust collectors, and excess nutrient filters. They provide sustainable systems that integrate the dynamic life cycle between wild, cultivated and eventually urban areas. Multi-purpose, multi-species native hedgerows offer a myriad of benefits. The will also function as rock slide barriers.

water system and fence concept

According to this principle of collection, treatment, reuse and evacuation of surplus waste water is classified according to its use in:

  • Potable water for human consumption is supplied by the aqueduct service, as new water that enters the system for human consumption as drinking water, food preparation and handwash for oral hygiene.
  • Toilet water will be reused with the toilets" The sanitary water from the toilet and dishwasher after treatment that guarantees its quality as safe water to be reused again in the filling of the toilet tanks.
  • Soapy gray water coming from the sinks and showers is reused once treated and purified in the showers, the waters of the sinks are treated as toilet water.
  • Detergent gray water, from the laundry. (Laundry and washing machine and washing of patios) sludge and surplus that will be evacuated from the site by a specialized service and certified for this purpose with its final disposal.
  • Greasy water from dishwashers and dishwashing machines after retention of oils and fats are reused in toilets as treated and purified sanitary sewage.

Evapotranspiration system: To deal with the surplus of the treated domestic waste water we propose a closed system of green enclosure along the perimeter of the Condominium that for the case of the Egyptian are 1200 linear meters with the purpose of evapotranspiring in the form of water Pure surplus generatåed.

Green tunnel

Aeroponic Evapotranspiration System

... the untreated, treated and disinfected water surplus will be disposed via evapotranspiration tunnel into the atmosphere as pure water and as a contingency plan in case there is a remnant to be evacuated by collection and final disposal in a certified site.

tanks to be burried - disinfection module- contemplation ponds
green roofs
photovoltaics

The demands on sustainable, energy-efficient buildings are increasing. Through the combination of natural crossing ventilation, building envelopes with appropriate thermal insulation and building-integrated photovoltaic system (BIPV), Alila DR´s homes will be offering the right comfort for every environment in the project.

relevance

the project offers a unique environment and perfect yearround weather to experience the beauty of the Colombian Andes
Cerro del Aguila Hotel & Residences - Bogotá, Colombia will be the highest-level tourism complex in this beautiful region.

target market

sophisticated high profile residence owners and guests

figures

  • land area: 20 hectares
  • residences: 40+
  • hotel villas: 40+
  • duration: 3 years
  • projected sales: U$350+ million

back to spirit

  • Back to Spirit is a Bogota based international firm dedicated to the promotion of high quality real estate projects.
  • Our professional group brings their collective experience, which results in intelligent solutions to each particular challenge.
  • We are part of a growing movement toward building a sustainable society.

The practice of twenty-five years of Felipe Londoño Angel in Japan, Thailand, United States, Italy, the Caribbean, and Colombia has characterized by the conviction that the responsibility of those who practice the profession of architecture cannot pursue less than excellence since their work compromises public and personal assets. His focus characterizes by taking advantage of each project as an opportunity to add value to society.

Londoño born in Bogotá in 1968 and at the age of 20, he established with Fernando de la Carrera, Arquitectos Asociados. The work of the young firm of Bogotá was recognized and awarded at the Biennal of Colombian Architecture. Among their works the Santa Clara building, the Casa El Arrayán, the two Refuges in the Bosque de la Lechuza and the Master Plan for the Tominé Reservoir excel.

At the same time, Londoño managed, established and chaired MacroBosque; an NGO devoted to studying alternatives for the sustainable development of the Cerros Orientales (Eastern ridges) in Bogotá.

The work of Londoño transcends the design and aims at works always built attentive to the search of alternative solutions. At the age of 25, Felipe Londoño was a contractor of metallic structures of ambitious commercial and hotel projects in the Island of St Barts (France) and the Dominican Republic.

In 1999, he moved to Tokyo and enrolled in a crew as a construction worker, making concrete formworks. In this way, he learned the construction lexicon in Japanese while living the experience of the efficient Japanese construction processes (LEAN construction).

Soon, he enrolled in RTA firm, where he begins as a junior architect, and in just over one year was running the design workshop, which he will do for ten years. His work in the firm, his great imagination and immense professional rigor assured his promotion as a partner of the same in a short time. Felipe Londoño Ángel is one of the few Colombian architects that has contributed his work, many square meters built, to the highly competitive Nippon scene.

The experience of Londoño in Japan includes the creation of the organizational structure of the design workshop in the company, creating the standards, managing the BIM systems (Building Information Modeling) and simultaneously leading several teams of designers for RTA’s projects in Asia and Europe. The list of projects is extensive and includes, among others, in Guam Island (USA), for the Leopalace Resort, the visitors center, spa, Yomiuri Giants training baseball stadium, training pools for the Japanese Olympic team and two wedding chapels. In Japan, Thailand and Italy a variety of master plans (Villaggio Honegger, Kiku Resort, Hanazono Resort, Fuji Wellness Plan, Hirafu Master Plan), housing projects (R House, T House, To House, K House, Yotsuya Tower) and hotel projects (The Rocks, Koh Samui Spa, Niseko, Fujizawa serviced apartments) excel.

Felipe Londoño Angel returned to Colombia in 2012 full of a unique multicultural experience and convinced that the profession of architecture must underscore the social and transcend beyond the triviality of bold and heroic forms. A sustained originality that goes beyond the fashions and architectural movements marks the work of Londoño. With large, medium and small-scale commissions, his recent works in Colombia are considered as a fresh, serious and mature response in a young and vigorous country full of optimism.

Education

Architecture

  • Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Pratt Institute, New York USA
  • Kanto Gakuin University, Yokohama, Japan

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Japanese
  • Italian
Created By
Felipe Londono
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