This multipurpose building goes up in Medellín, in one of the neighborhoods most strongly affected by violence and social exclusion. The new piece accommodates in three different volumes a library, learning centers, an exhibition gallery, administration areas and an auditorium. Its position on the deep slope on which this Colombian city grows led to the construction of a platform that gathers all the pieces and that has become a vantage point which, on the one hand, offers panoramic views of the valley stretching below and, on the other, underscores the building’s role as a meeting place and landmark of the regenerated zone.
The construction has been possible thanks to the use of an articulated metallic skeleton supporting an enclosure built with slate panels and a system of reinforced concrete frames that frees the skin from any loadbearing function, thus permitting the top lighting of all the interior spaces. The use of stone and wood claddings for the finishes of the interior spaces, together with an innovative temperature control mechanism that releases hot air through the generation of ascending air currents, allows keeping the interiors cool, in spite of the zenithal illumination...[+]
Alcaldía de Medellín
A. Sarmiento, J. Manuel Gil, F. Pantoja, P. Saa, G. Vasquez, I. Ucros, S. Tobon, A. Aschner
Iwan Baan, Carlos Tobón, Sergio Gómez