ignacio g. galán
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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 creates 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.

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  • About Open or Close

    [igg - office for architecture] is a design and research office based in New York City and led by Ignacio G. Galán, PhD. Our work focuses on architecture's role in the articulation of society through design projects, research, and pedagogical endeavors. The designs of the office have been awarded in competitions including the First Prize for the New Velodrome in Medellín and are part of the permanent collection of the Pompidou Center. 

    We operate through diverse media and platforms and are continuously informed by different kinds of conversations and collaborations. Galán's research has led to the production of several publications and exhibitions including the installation Cinecittá Occupata for the 2014 Venice Biennale and the exhibitions Your Restroom is a Battleground and The Restroom Pavillion for the 2021 Venice Biennale. Together with the After Belonging Agency, Galán was the Chief Curator of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale. He is also a member of the research project Radical Pedagogies 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. He is one of the editors of the eponymous volume (MIT Press, 2022).

    Additionally, Galán is an architecture historian working on the intersection of architecture, politics, and media, with a particular focus on nationalism, colonialism, migration, and access.

    You can visit his faculty profile here.

  • Statement Open or Close

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

    We explore the ways in which architecture contributes to the definition of new ways of being together.

    We are concerned with architecture's relation to cultural transfers, material networks, and diverse forms of population transience. 

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

    We are interested in architecture's capacity to mediate social pursuits for access, diversity, and assistance.

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