Fotografía Casa La Calma, Casco Viejo

Los trabajos incansables de restauración y buen gusto en diseño de Hache Uve traen un nuevo proyecto en Casco Viejo: Casa La Calma, un edificio restaurado integralmente que consta de 3 niveles y terrazas escalonadas. Con sus ambientes frescos, coloridos y bien iluminados por los ventanales que se desarrollan alrededor de un patio interno y con sus detalles de artesanías locales y diseño industrial, la casa transmite una atmósfera caribeña contemporánea única entre las joyas del Casco Antiguo.

 

The Church “Cristo a Orillas del Mar” in Colón, Rep. of Panama: a restoration project

My recent work has been related to a great work of detailed restoration (executed by local Panamanian architect restorer Jorge Arosemena with advisor architect restorer Daniel Young-Torquemada), which took 3 years and was finished in August 2014. The photos were recently published to Revista Area, Issue no. 11 (March 2015).

This church was originally designed by the famous North American architect James Renwick (also known for designing “St.Patrick’s Cathedral” on 5th Avenue, New York City and the “Smithsonian Institution” in Washington) and was built in 1865, in a “Gothic Revival” style. The church, one of the oldest buildings in the City of Colón, presented a high level of damage before these restoration works took place.

It represents one of the richest architectural monuments in the whole country, worth a visit for its unique style present in the region and for its beautifully crafted details.

New “mushrooms” coming up in Punta Pacifica, Panama

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These are just a few new “mushrooms” (as I like to call the new buildings that appear very fast in the city) from many others that would come along later, developed in Panama City…

A view from my former balcony, all these buildings (except for the ones at the left side) were under construction at the time of this shot. Now the buildings are doubled, and there’s almost no land left to let them breathe… same problem like the Cinta Costera sea front.

When is the limit coming?  What should happen to see the results of this brutalities?

Another demonstration of how people develop construction, only looking through money glasses.

A reflection of good luck

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During my internship in the firm Mallol y Mallol Arquitectos in 2005, I was walking by this building one afternoon, when I got to capture this rare moment of sunset reflection…

I didn’t take it too seriously. It was also taken with a little compact digital camera. But I remember then, when my design chief J.C.S. saw it, that he just fell in love with it.

I got the opportunity afterward, to publish it on the firm’s monograph book, as well as in other little magazine’s publications, together with other photos I took of the same architecture firm’s works, which were also exhibited at the Architecture Congress of 2005.

Funny how a “casual”, vanishing moment of reflection, can sometimes transcend into good, longer lasting work…!

 

A classy escape into the mountains of Panama

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This is one of my favorite hidden treasures of Panama. Not only because of the fresh weather, the surrounding mountains or the quiet environment, but also because of the architecture of this simple, elegant hotel that takes you to another dimension.

I would’ve stayed overnight, but I was already staying somewhere else. Yet I did have a delicious dinner and also a nice relaxing afternoon tea, with one of the best cheesecakes I had in my life and a good book to read.

I definitively recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing place to stay in Boquete.