I came across some articles about a tower in Venezuela – Torre David – a high rise project that was never completed. Originally designed as a symbol of economic growth and entrepreneurial mettle in Venezuela, the 45 storey office tower now stands as a symbol of something else entirely, now inhabited by more than 750 of the poorest families in the city of Caracas.
It was in 1993 that the developer of the scheme, David Brillembourg, died, and a year later the Venezuelan economy collapsed. This led to a full stop in the building process, and the tower was left uncompleted. Gradually the homeless of Caracas started to occupy the sky scraper, and contains today a small community – on one floor there is a barber, on another there is a shop and so on – families live here in their own flats and the inhabitants regularly carry out maintenance work of the building to keep it “safe”.
There is a really good, short video of a study on Torre-David carried out by a design team called Urban think-tank, click HERE to watch.
Pictures from http://www.domusweb.it/it/architecture/la-torre-di-david/ and http://thefunambulist.net/2011/07/28/architectures-without-architects-the-torre-de-david-in-caracas-as-a-appropriation-of-capitalisms-structure/