TRANSFORMER ARCHITECTURE

Although we might not hear much about contemporary architecture in South America, it is one of the most important and representative manifestations of folklore and popular aesthetics. It represents a mixture of European building techniques and aesthetic with a local worldview; resulting in a completely new form of Architecture.

One example is the Bolivian architectural movement, Transformer Architecture or New Andean Architecture, an eccentric and colorful style invented by Freddy Mamani. Mamani started as an assistant construction worker earning a minimum wage and slowly scaled up to become one of the most iconic New Architects of Bolivia. He has built over 60 monumental mansions that feature two story ballrooms, multicolor psychedelic interiors and exteriors, large pillars that look like candy, and ancient pictorial symbols hidden throughout. All the work is inspired by Quechua architecture and color palette.

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