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Biblioteca España- Medellin’s mountain top library.

Biblioteca España- Medellin’s mountain top library.

Adorning Medellin’s mountain top, standing tall- is the Biblioteca España. The Biblioteca, with its’ Cubist characteristics, creates a stark, austere yet imposing presence. It has become a symbol of change and an icon of pride for its people. Looking down on an impoverished neighborhood Santo Domingo Savio, Biblioteca España, serves not only as a library, but a place where the community (with a special emphasis on the children) can take advantage of many programs, resources, and a place of respite. The metro-cable (gondola lift system) has provided easy mobility for the community and catalysed a movement of tourism.

It is hard to measure how the presence of the Biblioteca will affect social change, but we can hope that the mission of the government-“to give opportunity to the less fortunate” and the detail of the architect ( Giancarlo Manzatti) to create an insular space where the community can “forget their immediate surroundings,” is a pathway for real mobility.

One thing can be said for this development, urbanism and architecture can live together in harmony.


Colombia, Medellin, giant letters at Parque Explora




South America, Colombia, Medellin


South America, Colombia, Medellin

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March 6, 2013 by eStock Travel

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