Professur Klumpner / Fábrica de Cultura, Barranquilla, Colombia

Developed by a group of researchers of the LUS Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Hubert Klumpner, and supported by the groups of ITA, Prof. Dr. Arno Schlueter and Prof. Dr. Philippe Block, in collaboration with an international network of partners such as Universidad del Norte, the Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ will provide a «maker space» for teaching young people the creative arts and popular traditions centred around Barranquilla’s Carnival. Operated by the Municipality of Barranquilla, the facility will offer cultural education in music, dance, sculpture, dressmaking, painting, poetry, theatre, food production, digital film, and audio techniques to all residents, especially to the popular Barrio Abajo.

The design utilizes local materials and processes of fabrication and adopts open building principles to establish a creative framework that can be modified and reprogrammed by users over time. Working closely with engineers from the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, as well as experts in sustainable building technology from the Chair of Architecture and Building Systems (A/S) and Block Research Group (BRG) at ETH Zurich, the aim was to develop a flexible building prototype, a public square and historic building renovation that is ready for replication throughout the region.

The Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ project was implemented in the strategic of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank as part of the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative.

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Prof. Hubert Klumpner


Diego Ceresuela Wiesmann


Universidad del Norte (Manuel Moreno, Fabian Amaya, Ricardo Vives, Andres Guzman, Guisselle Garcia, Antonio Bula, Augusto Sisa, Daniel Soto, Luis Villadiego, Lasidez Ripoll, Guardo Polo, Victor Cantillo, Pedro Otero, Daniela  Cohen STATE SECRETARIAT FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS (SECO) Dagmar Vogel, Cliff Hammer, Jerome Wieser, Christian Sieber, Natalia Mayorga, Gregoire Labhardt INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB) Ellis Juan, Andres Blanco, Horacio Terraza, Ramiro Lopez Ghio, Oswaldo Porras, Luis Manuel Espinoza


Prof. Hubert Klumpner / Diego Ceresuela (ETH Zurich), Prof. Manuel Moreno / Prof. Sergio Chirivella (UniNorte), (with A. Brillembourg ETH Zurich until Feb. 2019)


Secretary of Culture, Municipality of Barranquilla, Colombia


State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)


2014-2021 (Execution 2018-2021)


Completed project