ignacio g. galán
[ igg - office for architecture ]

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Medellin Velodrome Gallery

First Prize in International competition for the construction of a Velodrome in Medellín. With Fake Industries, Estudio Mazzanti, Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Bryce Suite

Medellín (Colombia) / 2012 (on hold)

The Medellin Velodrome synthesizes two seemingly incompatible spatial conditions: an insular, formally specific sports infrastructure; and a permeable, open public space.  It transforms the typology of the sport facility in order to integrate it into the existing Park of the Wheels precinct, distributing the technical and economic investment along it. A modular roof structure, independent from the geometry of the track, dissolves the perimeter of the building, creating spaces that trigger relationships between the specific activities of the velodrome and the informal, leisurely uses of the park.

Each of the roof's modules create a variety of environmental conditions and provide technical support to the park. Those covering the velodrome offer the necessary infrastructure for its regular functioning, including ventilation chimneys, acoustic isolation, electric systems, etc. Those in the perimeter of the building and scattered throughout the park offer bicycle clinics, support systems for scenic lighting, generators activated by pedals, and sprinklers for lowering the temperature. This infrastructure augments the occasional use of the velodrome with a diversity of everyday uses which privilege the civic appropriation of the project, transforming it into a strategic development for the city of Medellín.

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Competition: Ignacio G. Galán, Fake Industries, Estudio Mazzanti, Farzin Lotfi-Jam and Bryce Suite.

Design development and construction: Ignacio G. Galán, Fake Industries, Estudio Mazzanti.

Collaborators: BOMA, structural engineers; BAT, textile engineers and more.

  • About Open or Close

    [igg - office for architecture] is a design and research office, particularly focusing on architecture's role in the articulation of society. The designs of the office have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín, and he was finalist to the 2014 Iakov Chernikhov Prize. His work has led to the production of several publications and exhibitions including the installation Cinecittá Occupata for the 2014 Venice Biennale by invitation of the general curator Rem Koolhaas, and is part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center.

    The work of the office unfolds through diverse media and platforms and is continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Ignacio g. Galán is the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale (Graham Foundation Award 2015). He previously collaborated in the research project Radical Pedagogies, led by Beatriz Colomina at Princeton SOA, and has co-curated its exhibition at the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale and at the 2014 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded a Special Mention of the Jury. 

    Galán was trained at ETSAMadrid and TU Delft, and graduated as a Fulbright Scholar from the MArchII program at Harvard GSD. He has been a Fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome, and is completing a PhD Candidate at Princeton University. He is Term Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Barnard+Columbia Colleges and has taught studios and seminars at Columbia GSAPP and PennDesign.

  • Statement Open or Close

    We understand architecture as a key agent participating in the articulation of society. 

    We are concerned with architecture's relation to cultural cultural transfers, material exchanges, and population transience in a global context. The relation of these forms of circulation to architecture, conventionally associated with control, enclosure, permanence, and stability, remains a realm for further inquiry and intervention.

    We are additionally interested in the objects, media technologies, and institutions transforming architecture's individual occupations, collective operations, and diverse types of mobilization, particularly concerning the architectures of residence. 

    These emphases lead the work of the office and continuously challenge our methods of analysis and our design practice.