Residential Tower

N/A, N/A / Colombia

Envisioned as "villas in the sky," the stacked and shifted volumes of this residential building maximize views of the surrounding Colombian city and nearby mountains. The building's massing also optimizes exposure to the sun. To the east, units open onto the mountains and are warmed by the morning sun; to the west, they benefit from city and sunset views. Generous garden terraces are arranged vertically and are either double-height or open to the sky. They give each unit a strong visual focus and can be used for dining or relaxation. The building's slender brick shading fins protect the terraces and modulate their temperature, helping the building mass to capture the heat of the sun and retain it through the evening to ensure comfort without the need for mechanical systems. The fins also help the building to blend with its context, as brick characterizes the neighborhood's architecture.

At the building's entrance level, a lush courtyard garden encloses resident amenities. Arranging these services around the perimeter of the site helps to keep it secure and buffer the courtyard from the street level activity. A boutique hotel is also located on site in a renovated historic building.



Architect of record

Jeffrey McCarthy
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Phone: 312 360 4378
katie.rathbone@som.com

Photographer

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Phone: 312 360 4378
katie.rathbone@som.com