Spain Library Park - Santo Domingo Savio

Medellin, Colombia


Alcaldía de Medellín

MOMA (New York, 2010), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 2015), CMOA (Pittsburg, 2016) Permanent colection.
Reenchante le monde (Paris, Favreau)
XVI Bienal Panamericana de Arquitectura Prize (2008)
IV Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura Prize (2008)
MCHAP 2014 nominee

Camilo Mena, Fredy Pantoja, Gustavo Vasquez, Ivan Ucros, Juan Manuel Gil, Pedro Saa.

Sergio Gómez, Iwan Baan, Lorenzo Castro

3,727 sqm build area / 14,265 sqm public space

Cultural, educational


The project is located in one of the hillsides most affected by the violence in the eighties because of drug trafficking in the city of Medellin and is part of the social inclusion agenda of the Mayor to provide equal opportunities in social and economic development to the population.

The competition program called for a multi-building (library, training rooms, exhibition hall, auditorium and administration) in a single volume, the proposal seek to divide the program into three groups: the library, classrooms and offices training, and the audience composed of a lower platform, allowing us greater flexibility and autonomy in their use, making the community more participative.

Rather than a building we propose an operational geography that is part of the valley, as a mechanism for organizing the program and the area, making the hidden and irregular contours of the mountain to stand out, not as a metaphor, but as a way of organizing the space in the area, a folded and clipped building similar to the hills.