Freddy Mamani is a Bolivian architect who has designed an array of colourful mansions, known as ‘cholets’, which you can find in the world’s highest city, El Alto, in Bolivia. He has created what he has described as ‘New Andean’ or ‘neo-Andean’ architecture, a unique blend of traditional Andean designs and modern influences, including science fiction (the Transformer movies in particular). Mamani says his “designs are a modern expression of our culture”. And the culture he is referring to comes from the indigenous Aymara community of Bolivia, of which Mamani is a member. This neo-Andean architecture draws inspiration from the traditional patterned cloth made by the Aymara people.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on March 25, 2020.