Building Bolivian Identity with Psychedelic Architecture / Great Big Story / 2016

Building Bolivian Identity with Psychedelic Architecture / Great Big Story / 2016


Footnotes

The typology of Party Hall buildings has been a success, salons are booked most weekends and it proves to be a profitable business despite the high initial costs. Most of the buildings are in prominent positions on main avenues or at junctions and contribute a sense of place to the city. It is fair to say that prior to Mamani, there was already the use of some colour in the facades of the local vernacular and that a handful of eclectic buildings predated his first Party Hall. However the consistent application of Mamani’s bold and daring style has had a real impact on El Alto, and the place is starting to attract visitors and tourists: ‘I wanted to give my city its own identity’, Mamani states. The construction industry is busy with colourful buildings appearing at speed. Not all recall Andean motifs. Now that Mamani has opened the door, local builders and architects are designing to the client’s fancy, with designs inspired by electronic devices or toys such as the Transformer➡︎ 


Sources

◼︎ Party Halls in El Alto, Bolivia by Freddy Mamani Silvestre /  Elisabetta Andreoli / The Architectural Review / 2015


Miscelánea: Cholitas y Cholets / VICE / 2017

Miscelánea: Cholitas y Cholets / VICE / 2017

Hambre / Gepe feat. Wendy Sulca / Ian Pons Jewell / 2015

Hambre / Gepe feat. Wendy Sulca / Ian Pons Jewell / 2015