The must see building in Bogota: Virgilio Barco Library by Rogelio Salmona

Updated: Sep 5, 2020

At the end of 2019 I had a small trip to Bogota, because I had the wedding of some friends, that's why I went only 3 days, which is very little time to see the city completely, if you consider that a whole day you lose it after the party. But one thing I couldn't miss about Bogota was visiting the Virgilio Barco library.

I remember that when I was in architecture school, and I started studying Rogelio Salmona's work, I fell instantly in love. It is not for nothing that it is considered to be the most important Colombian architect of the 20th century.

And I have to say that this library has become one of my favourite buildings, the visit has been a spiritual experience: the sequence of spaces, the way to tour the building with ramps, the way it integrates with the mountains of Bogota, how it frames the landscape, the game of light that enters those spaces formed by concrete, the stability and strength that appears but at the same time the dynamism given by the curved shape.

In the images I've tried to capture all that beauty that dazzles me.

Important details:

Address: Avenida Carrera 60 #57 – 60, Bogota, Colombia

Entrance: Free


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