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Vitrvm, Bogota, Colombia

Tuesday 04 Mar 2014

Breaking new ground in Bogota

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First project in Colombia for Richard Meier & Partners is 36-unit residential scheme 

Richard Meier & Partners has released details of its first scheme in Bogota, Colombia. Vitrvm is a residential development comprised of two towers connected by a pedestrian walkway with a total of 36 apartments across the development. The towers will be located on Septima Avenue in the north of Bogota, enjoying city views from within the apartment units and from a public terrace on the top level.

The towers are both 13 storeys high and surrounded by verdant foliage. A ravine and water gorge limits the building plot to the north and inspiration for the design was found in the leafy Chico Park and nearby mountain range.

As Jorge Estrada, Owner and executive director at Icono Urbano, comments: "When we started our Vitrvm project, we were looking for an architect who could embrace and respect the unique characteristics and qualities of our site. It is very gratifying for us at Icono Urbano to develop this important project with the prestigious firm of Richard Meier & Partners Architects.

“Their expertise, dedication and design quality is reflected in the project. The sales of the apartments have been very strong even at an early stage of the project and we have no doubt that Vitrvm will become a reference project for Colombia." Richard Meier & Partners has employed its classic palette of white and grey tones which contrast with the traditional brick buildings in the vicinity of the property.

Richard Meier notes: “The project’s transparent minimal form is a striking addition to the Bogota skyline. At dawn and dusk light will filter through the residential modules providing for particularly animated light conditions. In this exceptional setting we hope Vitrvm will contribute to the vibrant urban setting of Bogotá, Colombia.”

Tower 1 has been devised with a generous floorplate bisected through the centre to create two large units, each with four bedrooms. Natural daylight will stream into the apartments during the day and in the evening and residents will be provided with views of city life or the ravine and old seminary.

In contrast, Tower 2 is limited to one apartment per floor with three bedrooms and a studio. Arranged in a linear configuration, the living areas and studio have been placed to the north of the residence with impressive views across the landscape. The two towers share a series of amenities including a gym, indoor swimming pool, a multipurpose room and a children’s playroom.  


Design Principals: Richard Meier, Dukho Yeon
Project Manager: Guillermo Murcia
Project Architect: Greg ChungWhan Park
Project Team: Joseph DeSense, Elizabeth Lee, Sharon Oh, Alex Palmer, Nathan W. Petty and Hans Putt
Associate Architect: Icono Urbano S.A

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