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Centro Deportivo, recreativo y cultural Fontanar del rio

Cauce arquitectura del paisaje, Estudio Territorios, Mapas arquitectura y territorio

Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia



Billy Hurtado García (Leader designer), Sebastián Monsalve Gómez (Leader Architect)


Daniel Pelaez Laura Muñetón Natalia Ospina Carolina Zuluaga David Sierr


Anderson Melo Parra, IDRD, Instituto Distrital de Recreación y Deporte


Jairo Llano


This building is part of a broader public policy of the city of Bogotá (“Centros Felicidad” or “Happiness Centers”) to bring this type of services to vulnerable communities through buildings with high quality architecture. “Happiness Centers” are spaces where the community can find a wide and varied offering of quality sports and cultural spaces free of charge, without distinction of economic capacity, age, or gender.

The project comes from the need to locate within a sheltered venue, all the in-door complementary program activities not considered within the original design for an existent sports and recreational park (gymnasium, indoor pools, auditorium, workshops, and administration). Additionally, it is established as a large community facility for a densely populated neighborhood with a deficit of cultural spaces.

The building also aims to create a new border to the park, in which the contact with the community is a kinder shed space with activity and a patio, instead an aggressive and exclusive fence.


The Fontanar del Río Park is a major sports and leisure public venue located on a borderline context, the physical boundary between the city and the countryside, and in this context, the project recognizes an opportunity to relate both areas through architecture. The building distributes its activities across two levels, the first one more directly related to the neighborhood with commercial, community, and cultural uses facing the future Suba Avenue making the building a new front instead of the existent fence, and the second one related to the park through a base that folds the topography to continue the public space, allowing the sports venues to function as an extension of the park's uses, thus enabling the field and the pool to have a privileged position to observe the park landscape.
Both sports venues function as independent volumes, linked by a façade of great thickness and solidity and by a courtyard that spatially connects both levels, this patio also generating an urban transition and gathering place between the neighborhood and the park. The façade consists of two solid lines of double brick walls, which, in their thickness, takes the surrounding landscape indoors through the windows, while containing the public and private circulations of the sports venues.


Although Fontanar del Rio Park has been in existence for over 20 years, the construction of new facilities in recent years, along with the establishment of the CEFE building, has played a significant role in enhancing the sports, recreational, and cultural dynamics of the area.

The architectural design of the building has contributed greatly to achieving a much more cohesive relationship between the park and the surrounding neighborhood. This has been accomplished through the implementation of an active border that faces the neighborhood, as well as the creation of a continuous public surface that seamlessly connects the indoor and outdoor sport areas overlooking the park.

Moreover, the project has not only improved physical infrastructure but has also contributed to fostering a sense of community belonging. By creating spaces that facilitate communal gatherings centered around sports and culture, the project has succeeded in bringing together residents and visitors alike, thereby enriching the social fabric of the area.

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