Neo-Andean Architecture


The city of El Alto, 4,150m above sea level in the Bolivian Andes, is the world’s highest municipality and home to the distinctive buildings of architect and former bricklayer Freddy Mamani Silvestre.

Dozens of Silvestre’s multi-use structures tower above their more conventional neighbours, inspired not by Las Vegas (as many visiting North Americans suppose) but by the vibrant Incan art of Bolivia’s pre-Columbian history.


4 thoughts on “Neo-Andean Architecture

  1. Starina

    they’re a bit overwhelming on the inside but WOW those are fantastic!! I want to live in one of the pink ones from the first photo!

  2. theo kretschmar schuldorff

    Gaudy wonders!
    Perhaps I’ll take a second look the neo-classical Dr Quirky’s in Phibsboro.

  3. Holden MaGroin

    Reminds me of that Robin Williams movie Toys. Which is odd cause I don’t think I ever watched it all the way through. Anyway enough about me. How are you?

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