‘Vertical slum’ and ‘Skyscraper squat’ are but a few terms used to describe the phenomenal La Torre de David in Caracas. This is a place that we would have sorely liked to have experienced first hand but the closest we’ve got is via our table top and through the pages of a book that I bought Hiro for Christmas a few years ago.

La Torre de David was home to 3000 people who moved into an incomplete and abandoned 45-storey tower block in 1994 when the Venezuelan economy crashed. Through the stunning and telling photography of Iwan Baan, the book confirms that the tower was every bit as visually arresting as we would imagine it to be. It also explores the wonder of how people can make an abandoned construction site not only a home but the basis of an entire community. 

Book by Alfredo Brillembourg + Vase is a repurposed Cocio bottle + Green marble plate by Broste + Woven coaster by Sori Yanagi + Unimug by Kinto

7 years after the informal residents moved in, the Venezuelan government entered into an agreement with Chinese investors to complete its development into commercial center and office tower. Later in 2014, the government proceeded to evict the 700 families to another city south of Caracas, by July 2015 the Venezuelan press reported that the final residents were relocated. 

Buy/check out the book HERE
The Guardian also wrote about it  featuring some incredible shots HERE