Surrounded by shanty towns in the sprawling capital of Bogotà, Colombia, a tree-like architectural structure has sprouted above the city's streets. El Bosque de la Esperanza - or Hope Forest - is a sports center constructed to engage local residents and support a more tight-knit community. Designed by Giancarlo Mazzanti, the new center is a formation of interconnected linear shapes that create a canopy supported by columns, resembling a group of lush trees. The team suggests that the structure is a symbol of "nature, union and hope" for the area, and believes that the new center can be a catalyst for positive change.
The modular construction is a collection of fabricated shapes, such as a polyhedron of 12 surfaces, that make up a larger lattice within the top canopy. According to reports, the center is situated within an area that lacks public infrastructure and has larger societal problems; many people have been displaced from their homes due to conflict and have sought shelter in the municipality.
Located within a country where shanty towns make up over 50% of the city’s fabric, Mazzanti hopes that the center can become an actively dynamic part of a changing society. As part of this larger objective, construction of the Bosque project was supported by the Pies Descalzos foundation, and organization co-founded by the singer Shakira and the Spanish NGO Ayuda en Acción.