Annex “Casa de Todos”

  • Location:
    La Palomera, Baruta - Caracas Venezuela
  • Date:
  • Client:
    Swiss Embassy in Venezuela
  • Team:
    Enlace Foundation
  • Photography:
    Enlace Foundation
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The project is located in an existing building located in the Municipality of Baruta and represents a threshold between the town and the barrio La Palomera. Its transformation into a center of art and culture for the local community and for the entire city is part of a collective effort that stems from the program Integration in Process Caracas IPC, which took place in Caracas between November 2018 and April 2020. IPC represented an invitation to reflect on the nature of Caracas as a fragmented city and to conceive it integrated city - a complete city.

"Nothing out of the ordinary: Centro de Arte y Cultura" began its transformation process with the symbolic opening of two doors to access the interior. Two weeks later, on October 12, 2019, these doors were opened to the public for an event with videos, contemporary dance shows, traditional Venezuelan music, dance and sancocho. Dozens of people attended, young and old, from La Palomera, as well as from other communities in Caracas. The hope is that these encounters with a mixed audience of barrio and non-barrio residents will have a permanent site. The center also seeks to be an inclusive and participatory development model, based on the construction of a space generated through ideas, actions and proposals led by the neighbors themselves that advance the city´s integration.

Historically, barrio rehabilitation projects organized by the State and other institutions have been formulated with problematic formal and even hygienic methods, with no regard for the social and economic dynamics that define barrios. This project represents an opportunity to build a shared platform, supported by art and culture that generates projects and public policies geared toward the needs of barrio residents and citizens from the entire city. The center will host many perspectives, activities and uses. It should be a place to celebrate differences, discuss and negotiate agreements. Its very location, precisely on the border between the town of Baruta and the barrio La Palomera, makes it a perfect hinge to connect people in the city.

IPC | Nothing Out of the Ordinary