" The intention of my trip was to broaden my horizons
as an architect and learn from the culture and architecture of Medellín,
besides extending my contact network, with the intent to build something for this
beautiful city in the future.
I travelled to Medellín with an open mind and no
preconceived ideas regarding what to expect. And there were a lot of positive
encounters during my visit.
No only there is love, culture and dynamism amongst
the things Medellín offers, along with splendid food, with a big variety of
flavours, and incredible fruits that I had never tried before, but also the push
forward modern architecture was a delight to my eyes.
My first impression was about the way in which the
city finds a way to grow between the mountains. The scale of the mountains is constantly
reminded me how small one is in reference to the human scale when you are
surrounded by the awe of the mountains, it is breathtaking.
As an architect I was amazed by how the
contemporary architecture enriches the historic one and the existing culture
that one is surrounded by.
When I visited “El Castillo” Museum I was enriched
by the beauty of the man-made landscape that offers a picturesque view of the
city. “El Castillo” is a luxury building, that reflects the needs of the time
in which it was built. Even though I am a modernist architect, I feel enormous
respect and appreciation for past architecture and seeing how “El Castillo”
maintains its beauty and grace after the years was a great example of how to
preserve the history of a city through its buildings.
I visited also the mall “El Tesoro”, and I found it
quite unique. Despite its huge scale, it is full of panoramic views that points to
the landscape and connect the visitor with the nature of the city while
Spending time in “Parque Explora” was amazing. Its
modern and industrial language is something to learn from, especially through
The Teleantioquia office building of “La Libertad”
square can be considered as my favourite, because of its scale, the facade
elements emphasize its verticality and the volume shifting.
The sculptural architecture of the Botanical Garden
surprised me. It was nice to see how the architectural volumes twisted to
create an orchid. The series of colonnade structures creates an architecture
that provides a light filtered sculpture when seeing the beautiful green trees.
My trips in the “Metrocable” were beautiful and
sad at the same time. It was astonishing to witness the incredible beauty of
the city from a totally different point of view. Poverty was hard to look
at; but in the end, this is the reality.
I was also able to see the new built facilities
that represent Medellin’s progress, that was moving in a positive direction.
Upon arriving to the Library “Biblioteca de
España”, it was wonderful to see that it was built for the people, for learning
and education as I understood. After enjoying the outstanding views, the
intention was to blend the building with the landscape and offer a monument to
this region of Medellín.
Visiting the exhibition of Fernando Botero’s
sculptures was delightful, vibrant and exciting. After seeing his work in the
museum that was amazing it was a
pleasure to see the Library named after him. The library’s façade had a series
of perforations that constantly offer views to the outside space.
Most of the countries would dream about having
buildings such as the library, vibrant and inspiring architecture, and a great
place to learn. This visit to San Cristóbal was enriching.
The development of modern architecture along the
city makes Medellín a must-see place. Everyone should come and experience the
architecture, the beautiful and the surreal and beautiful Christmas light show (the time I
visited)… and not to forget of course the food!... until next time! "