Location: Caracas, Venezuela

Date: 2008 - 2012

Client: Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (Fesnojiv)



The Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (Fesnojiv) founded by Maestro José Antonio Abreu founded thirty years ago, serves today as a benchmark for musical culture and education. Today, more than 290,000 children and youth are emphatically involved in programs offered by more than 180 centers all over Venezuela. A large portion of these children live in impoverished, highly urbanized neighborhoods, and are confronted with harsh economic and social realities on a daily basis.


CCASM buildings designed for the Fesnojiv, intend to reach out right into the most needy and informal city areas of South-America, often known as Barrios, Favellas, or Barbacoas, as a replicable prototype.

Typically there is no existing open land in the Barrios to construct on. For this reason we have identified over the last several years, together with community organizations and volunteers, 100 possible sites for the construction of recreational facilities.


CCASM buildings, which may be constructed on sites as small as 1200m2, transform abandoned plots into music and culture complexes with rehearsal rooms, auditoriums, sound studios, and computer facilities.


Previous training facilities of this nature were conceived only on the ground level, and due to the densely built surroundings, further outward expansions were impossible. So, Urban-Think Tank realized any additional construction had to go up vertically. Similar installations known as Gimnasio Vertical™ following this idea have already been realized in various locations around Caracas. These vertical gyms are geared primarily to sports, bristling with activities during day and nighttime, and welcoming an average of 15,000 visitors per month. Community leaders and researchers have concluded that after the first Gimnasio Vertical™ was constructed, the crime rate in its surrounding neighborhood dropped by a measurable 30 percent.


The CCASM complex follows an even more ambitious plan. Designed in close cooperation with the team of Maestro José Antonio Abreu, it is geared to provide resources to 800 – 1000 children each day. The values transported through musical education, such as discipline, communal coordination, and an appreciation for aesthetic beauty, are all part of a plan to re-integrate classical music into popular culture.





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