Perkins+Will designs new international business community in Cali, Colombia

The new free trade zone is designed to resemble a small village.

September 26, 2017 |
Aerial view of Zonamerica

Rendering courtesy of Perkins+Will's LA studio

A new master plan from Perkins+Will's LA studio creates a village-like business community in the Cauca River valley in Cali, Colombia.

The development, dubbed Zonamerica Cali, positions a variety of building typologies around a central pedestrian Paseo. The buildings are served by nearby parking in a secure landscaped park-like setting. Zonamerica will offer amenities and tenant services such as education/training services, recruiting, and transportation.

The master plan will create a sustainable village that leverages the outdoor environment and minimizes energy consumption. Two large office buildings, of approximately 24,000 sm and 26,000 sm, will form Phase 1 of the development. The buildings will be designed around open-air atrium lobbies with a grand staircase the connects all of the floors. Ground level lobbies will be served by breezeways and covered pedestrian arcades that lead to casual lounge areas, concierge services, and open meeting areas. A landscaped central plaza will be placed between the two stone and glass, solar-shaded office buildings.


The two office buildings and the central plaza of Zonamerica CaliRendering courtesy of Perkins+Will's LA studio.


On the opposite side of the buildings will be the first phase of the Zonamerica Paseo, a pedestrian environment that will be the heart of the community. The Paseo will provide restaurants, services, and be the interactive social space of the development.

When complete, Zonamerica Cali will have 18 buildings, the capacity for over 17,000 employees, a 1,000 sm tier IV data center, 34,000 sm of landscaped area, and 173,000 sm of total constructed area.


A glassy undulating facade of one of the Zonamerica Cali buildingsRendering courtesy of Perkins+Will's LA studio.

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