Studio Class at Umeå University
Studio Class at Umeå University

Medellin cultural center

This project was developed by Miguel Angel Arias as a student from Colegio Mayor de Antioquia and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Facilities category.

Analogy to the industry

Medellín has been a city that has undergone several changes over time, however, the original conception of the city arose from a mostly industrial use, where it grew and prospered quickly thanks to it. Currently the city is in the process of change where the industry has ceased to be the economic engine of the city and has gradually lost relevance being replaced by other uses both commercial and services.

The proposal formally takes as its starting point the analogy to the large industrial buildings that once composed the landscape of the city and are currently disappearing, morphologically the proposal resembles these large storage silos that in turn aims to form a sculptural composition that serves as an iconic and recognizable memorial and tribute within society so that citizenship and future generations recognize and have a memory of their city’s past because, these old industrial buildings are doomed to disappear.

From the materiality, the proposal seeks a simplicity and rationality using materials characteristic of the industry, economic and modular that allow to give the building a monumental and dense character making reference to its context, which is currently mostly industrial.