Museo Casa de la Memoria

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Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

A collective of Colombian architects have designed a memorial museum for Medellín, Colombia, to commemorate victims of conflict.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Architects on the project include Juan David Botero, Maria Fernanda Vasco, Carla Cristina Gil, Jorge Adrian Gaviria, Catalina Jaramillo, Daniel Santiago Herrera, Elías José Gomez, Víctor Hugo Rodriguez, Alejandro Naranjo and Oscar Santana.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Separated into three floors, the building's main exhibition spaces will be located at ground level, with archives on the first floor and an auditorium, cafe, workshop spaces and offices in the basement.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The building will be supported internally by portico and concrete slabs, with an outer metallic skeleton supporting the facades and roof.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The roof lights will allow indirect natural light to enter the top-level archive space.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The museum will form part of a larger park commissioned to commemorate the country's 200th year of independence.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Centred on the Santa Elena Stream around which the city developed, new leisure facilities will include an open theatre and an interactive cascade of water.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The scheme has been commissioned by EDU, the Urban Development Corporation of Medellin.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Construction of the museum is due to start next year.

The following text is from EDU:


In commemoration of Colombia’s 200 years of independence, rises a proposal to develop an urban project with aims to generate a social and environmental impact in a city’s sector which through the years has been deteriorating by housing invasion and the constant misuse of natural resources.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The project makes part of a master plan called Central-PUI, and it is located in Boston’s neighbourhood, in the 10th district of Medellín, Colombia; between the 39th and 36th Carrera, and the 54th and 51st street.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The design criteria for this project responds to the need to restore a historical and natural element such as the Santa Elena Stream, an important water source for the collective memory of the inhabitants of the city.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Along this stream the first settlements where originated, which later led to the development of the city as known today.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

This element intends to be the main and guiding axis of the project by the recovery of its historical meaning.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The Project intervention develops 21,620 m2 of new public space, through which it seeks a physical and environmental recovery of the Santa Elena Stream.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

As said before, this project will trigger the environmental and spatial recovery of the stream, with the streams borders as the structure and primary target for public space generation.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

This will be done by a considerable amount of native flora planting, landscape design, strengthening of the sector as a new area of recreation with leisure facilities, including an open theatre with natural grass and an interactive digital display of water.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Within this proposal, a cultural facility of 3,619 m2 called "Museo Casa de la Memoria" is included, which seeks to assign a special place for the remembrance of victims of the violent conflict in Colombia and all around the world.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Promoted in its enclosures are spaces and exhibits to recreate historical events, with the aim of transforming violent acts into social learning.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The museum is another good excuse to find a place in the city where people meet to review our history and be able to assimilate the transition from the darkness of the death that swept our streets for decades, into the light of hope of living in a city less violent and with more public spaces for social interaction.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Starting from this premise, the building is like a tunnel, looking torevive a descending journey, pretending with this, to recreate sensations of the so called transition from darkness to light, supported by itinerant or permanent educational scripts, which will tell stories of our conflict that has been present for over 40 years.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The building’s program is divided into three levels. The intermediate level is the museum’s principal access, where we can find the ticket office and two large exposition rooms. The exposition rooms can be divided depending the museum’s need of space for each exhibit.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

A higher level houses the Documentation Centre, an adequate space for files and documentation to be consulted by the community.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The building will use two different structural methods. Porticos and concrete slabs will hold the inside program, meanwhile a metallic skeleton structure will surround and sustain the building facades and inside roofing.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

And finally at a lower level it is establish de following: an educational workshops, an auditorium for 270 people, administrative offices, a children's gallery, the 3rd Gallery or exit, the Reflection Chamber , the restaurant, a small shop and technical areas.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

This last structure is like a big folded double skin, which will act as an air chamber for thermal control, adequate for natural ventilation and for hot air evacuation.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

It will also have deep bays available to prevent direct incidence of sunrays and skylights designed with the same geometry as of the building for an excellent and efficient indirect natural lighting.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

The park is in its first phase of construction with work on the museum beginning in early January 2011.

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria

Memorial Museum of Medellin by Jorge A. Gaviria


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  • http://www.rjcomrie.com rjc

    loving the waterfall/wall

  • gaque

    a wonderful design! its a nice addition to the colombian "building in a park" typology. esta super hermoso felicitaciones!

  • Manuel

    Unclear. What is the argument / idea behind? I see an excess of atmospherical effects, but no content. Quoting the authors: 'a proposal to develop an urban project with aims to generate a social and environmental impact in a city’s sector' = bla,bla,bla…

  • Jürgen

    Enough with the random windows already!

  • http://individual.cl/ æon

    It has a form similar to the hills of where is built

  • antepostnow

    when memory for many, such as the many desplacados living under the bridges when entering medellin, is still a bitter reality, maybe such a project comes a bit quick. which is not said it would not be needed, at some point. in such form and scale would be yet another question. at this point, i hope they build a park and leave it at such.

  • CAPIRO

    It "looks" like an interesting project. However it "seems" a little too broad in its form, without further explanation of how the urban context was engaged or the spaces within. It doesn't seem to aknowledge local architecture or methods of construction, yet, you can give the benefit of doubt that its goal is to set the spark for a change in provide for the lack of something. Anyhow, is good to see the effort of public entities to come up with such large comissions. Thank you.

  • arquitecto medellin

    It is indeed like a tunnel. Far too somber and unsuited for this site. Without a doubt, people will refer to it as “the tomb”