Thursday, July 31, 2008

Techos Azules


Visiondivision gets the commission to design a hotel in Taganga, Colombia.

Taganga is a small fishing village set in a deep, beautiful bay on the Carribean coast in Colombia.
Except for fishing, tourism is a growing industry, attracting mainly backpackers from all over the world to relax and hangout in this tranquil environment.
50% of the workforce of Visiondivision was on a vacation to this enchanting place and ended up at a hotel called “Techos Azules” meaning “The Blue Roofs”, having its origin in the blue painted roofs of this cozy hotel, resembling a Greek hacienda of some sort.
After a casual talk with the owner it turned out that he wanted to expand his business with a new hotel on a site just behind the old one.
So we got a client on our vacation.

The site is rather steep, sloping down from a quite busy road down to the existing hotel.
The new hotel was also going to be called “Techos Azules”, making the concept of the plot quite easy. Following the Greek theme ,we decided to mimic a small intimate Greek village in different levels with a big hangout terrace; consisting of all the roofs of the hotelrooms and also down to a pool in different levels.

The terraces are all painted blue, making the experience soothing and relaxing and also following the obvious theme of the old hotel of course.
Infinite pool is yesterday's news, we wanted to create an infinite hotel.

If you see the hotel from the road it is all modern white with glass doors, making the blue surprise even more delightful.

Every room gets ocean view except one lucky guest that will get a pool view.

Monday, July 7, 2008


Check out some old classical VD projects like Rolling Culture, Stay, Big Bear, Noble Savage and a lot more sweet gems of architecture.
Just click on the archive of 2007 and they will pop up just for you.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The VD Guide - part II

The VD Guide - part II
Visiondivision gives you a brief tour of inspiring projects and phenomenon around the world.If you have more suggestions, dont hesitate to contact us at: For more VD Guide >>>

Catedral Metropolitana do Rio de Janeiro -Powerful and beautiful church-

Birth: 1964

Location: Rio de Janeiro
Architect: Edgar Fonceca

Catedral Metropolitana do Rio de Janeiro is the seat of the cardinal archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is dedicated to Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of Rio de Janeiro. The current church was built between 1964 and 1979 and replaced a series of old churches that had served as cathedrals since 1676. It is located in the centre of the city. Conical in form and with a 96 metres internal diameter and an overall height of 75 metres, it has a standing-room capacity of 20,000 people.
The cathedral's four rectilinear stained glass windows soar 64 metres from floor to ceiling.


Sossusvlei -Namibia dessert with the highest dunes in the world-
Birth: A long time ago
Location: Namibia
Architect: Wind and Ocean

Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 300 metres, the highest in the world.


La defense -An office building with a magic courtyard -

Birth: 2004

Location: Almere, Holland

Architect: UN-Studio

The exterior façade reflects the larger urban condition, while the interior façades of the courtyards have been designed with the office tenants in mind. These façades are clad with glass panels in which a multi- colored foil is integrated and, depending on the time of day and the angle of incidence, a variety of different colours are reflected, animating the courtyards

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lichtdom -A massive space of light-
Birth: 1920
Location: Nurnberg, Germany

Architect: Albert Speer

As part of their campaign to unify the German people behind Nazi ideals, Hitler enouraged his architects, especially Albert Speer, to create places for Germans to have what he termed "mass experiences." To do this, they created assembly halls, stadia, and assembly grounds where thousands could gather to display their patriotism and be edified by the speeches of party leaders. The most significant of these places was the Zeppelin Field at Nuremburg, where the Nazi Party held annual rallies celebrating the anniversaries of its formation in 1920 and the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. The Zeppelintribune was the centerpiece of the Nuremburg party monuments. It incorporated classical elements, but modified them to emphasize line, cleanliness, and order. From this building, Hitler and other party leaders gave speeches to assemblies of tens of thousands of germans. The most effective part of this assembly grounds was not the building, but the light. Speer surrounded the assembly area with hundreds of spotlights pointed skywards. The effect was to create a "cathedral of light," a Lichtdom, and its impact was tremendous.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ronchamp -A pilgrimage chapel and maybe the first postmodern building -
Birth: 1955
Location: Ronchamp, France

Architect: Le Corbusier

Ronchamp is a pilgrimage chapel, though on most days more frequented by architectural pilgrims than the intended variety. Situated on a hill above the village of Ronchamp, it is the latest of a long history of chapels on the site. Its predecessor was destroyed in fighting in the Second World War, though much of its stone is used in the walls of Le Corbusier's building.
The thick, curved walls - especially the buttress-shaped south wall - and the vast shell of the concrete roof give the building a massive, sculptural form. Small, brightly painted and apparently irregular windows punched in these thick walls give a dim but exciting light within the cool building, enhanced by further indirect light coming down the three light towers.

Salar de Uyuni -The largest salt flat on earth-
Birth: A long time ago
Location: Uyuni, Bolivia

Architect: Earth

The Salar de Uyuni, a sea of salt, a salt desert, in southwestern Bolivia, was once an inland sea, or giantsalt water lake, but the water vanished into the thin dry air of Andean altitude. All that remains is the salt, tens of meters thick, lying stark beneath bright sky: a sun-bleached skeleton of a dead sea.


The Sacred Mosque of Mecca -The holiest place on earth for the muslims-
Birth: 638 A.D

Location: Mecca

Architect: Various angels according to Islam

The Sacred Mosque, is the largest mosque in the world. Located in the city of Mecca, it surrounds the Kaaba, the place which Muslims turn towards while offering daily prayers and is considered to be the holiest place on Earth by Muslims. The current structure covers an area of 356,800 square meters including the outdoor and indoor praying spaces and can accommodate up to 4 million worshippers during the Hajj period.Islamic tradition holds that the mosque was first built by the angels before the creation of mankind. The Black Stone is situated near the eastern corner of the Kaaba, and according to some people is believed to have 'fallen from heaven' and turned black due to man's misdeeds.
The Chocolate Hills -Hill formations -
Birth: A long time ago
Location: Bohol, Philippines

Architect: Earth

The Chocolate Hills is an unusual geological formation in Bohol, Philippines. It is composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size, spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres. They are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name.
Iguazu Falls -The mightiest waterfall on earth -
Birth: A long time ago
Location: On the border between Brazil and Argentina
Architect: Earth

The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along 2.7 kilometres of the Iguazu River. Some of the individual falls are up to 82 metres in height, though the majority are about 64 metres. The Garganta del Diablo, a U-shaped 150-metre-wide and 700-metre-long cliff, is the most impressive of all, and marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. At one point a person can stand and be surrounded by 260 degrees of waterfalls. The Garganta do Diabo has water pouring into it from three sides.

Casa del Puente -A house over a stream-
Birth: 1942
Location: Mar del Plata, Argentina
Architect: Amancio Williams
An elegant single-story exposed concrete house in the seaside town of Mar del Plata, it was built in 1942 by Amancio Williams for his father. Supported by a sweeping arch over a stream, the house was innovative for its free plan, fenestration and daring use of materials. Now a national
landmark, sadly it is currently in very poor condition.

White and Pink Terraces -An office building with a magic courtyard -
Birth: A long time ago Death: 1886
Location: New Zeeland

Architect: The Earth

They were known as the eighth wonder of the world - glistening pink and white terraces of silica, created by the warmth from the centre of the earth.Cascading into the remote Lake Rotomahana, people from all over the world travelled by steam ship, then horse and cart, a two-hour canoe journey and finally on foot to see nature’s masterpiece.In 1886, the terraces were destroyed when Mt Tarawera erupted, devastating most of the surrounding landscape, and killing more than 150 people.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Waitomo Caves -A cave with luminous worms -
Birth: A long time ago
Location: Waitomo, New Zeeland
Architect: The glow worm
The caves are mostly famous for the hundreds of thousands glow worms who live in them. These worms create a astonishing sight, that may be described as a sky full of bright blue stars. It is possible to see glow worms in other places in New Zealand, but there is no doubt that in no other place the sight is as beautiful as in Waitomo.
The caves are also famous for the underground river that allows travelers to take a boat to view the worms.

The Money Bin -A vault for the richest duck on the planet-
Birth: 1902
Location: Duckburg
Architect: Don Rosa & Carl Barks
The Money Bin was built in 1902, shortly after Scrooge entered the diamond market and could no longer sleep at night because all the money he was storing under his mattress raised his bed too close to the ceiling, necessitating a more suitable storage facility for his money. His favorite pastime is to dive off a board into his money and swim through it.
The Money Bin is a twelve story skyscraper and a vault filled with three cubic acres of money and sits atop Futterman's Fault, a fault line which would prove catastrophic in the event of an earthquake.
Well, the concept and the sensation of swimming around in money is pure genious.
Dom Bosco -A church with a nice effect -
Birth: 1970
Location: Brasilia, Brazil
Architect: Carlos Alberto Naves
There are 80 16m-high columns in Brise-Soleil closing in Gothic style, with stained-glass windows in 12 shades of blue, symbolizing a starry sky. The central luster by Alvimar Moreira contains 7.400 Murano glasses and 180 lamps weighing 2.600 kg.