Freddy Mamani is not an architect. Truth is that his house architecture style is totally remarkable and distinctive.
Born in a small Aymara community called Catavi, he started working as a bricklayer twenty years ago, but his dreams propelled him to study at the University of Construction of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (1986), and later to pursue a career in Civil Engineering at UBI. That’s why he stated: “Do not study at an expensive college, this is a career for the rich.”
The pattern, shape, and composition of the self-taught architect’s designs, can be found in his hometown of El Alto, Bolivia.
Mamani’s playful and eccentric style is inspired by the craft traditions of his own indigenous Aymaran culture and the strong masonry of pre-Inca architecture. He has made a name for himself in El Alto, where he has completed more than 60 projects since 2005, all recognisable by their colourful façades, asymmetrical paneling and quirky shapes. His radical art deco meets Las Vegas style couldn’t feel more alien to the rambling architecture of Bolivia’s second largest city. His style even has a proper name: ‘New Andean’ architectural style.
Francisco was a mobile phone importer who “had a plot of 300 m2” and wanted to build a property, but did not know what type. “Then Freddy Mamani suggested an” elegant building with Andean shapes, colorful and with a large hall of events , something that until then was not seen in the city “.
That was the moment everything began: six-story buildings that dominate the views of the Altiplano city, with large glassed-in openings and framed in facades converted into plastic compositions of plaster frames tested on the spot and bathed in complementary colors: orange/green and blue/yellow. An aggressive chromatic palette for the traditional architecture, but irresistible for a city raised with bricks without plaster, in a cold and dry monochrome landscape.