Light Well


Personal Info

Name: Yuting Zhang

Nationality: China





-HONOURABLE MENTION of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Architecture


Bogota carries a great tradition of craftsmanship and is well known as the “City of Brick”. Maker spaces such as ¼ Tech have been emerging throughout the city over the past years; however, the wide dispersion of available materials in Bogota has hindered the development of interdisciplinary creativity.

The project is a craftsmanship incubator, located between the National Museum and the Parque de la Independencia, as a visible and centrally located public institution open to entrepreneurs as well as the public. While providing open space for the community of the Santa Fe district, it also helps to realize Rogelio Salmona’s vision for a public corridor from the MAMBO to the National Museum.

The building is conceived as two thin floor plates suspended on six brick column-like light wells. The intention is to create hollow spaces within the columns, transforming them into places where TAMBO’s multidisciplinary workshops could benefit from natural daylighting, ventilation, and structural support. 

Each light well reflects the diverse uses that represent the TAMBO’s program, including wood, metal, ceramic, textile, and electronic workshops. From the ground floor to the upper levels, spaces are organized from public to private, both visually and physically, through light wells. The pierced brick walls filter the light and view from the surroundings, softening the transition between exterior and interior.


Project Type: Incubator/Makerspace, Public


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