Medellín, former home of Pablo Escobar, has come a long way. Many now call it the city of “eternal spring”. Situated in a valley of Colombia’s mountainous northwest region, it is now undergoing a major renaissance, making it arguably one of these best places to be in Latin America. From an emerging foodie scene to a growing creative class, the people of Medellín have turned their turmoil into much to be proud of. The arts have always told the history of civilizations, their people, their struggles and there is no better way to chronicle the rebirth of this city than through its art scene, from the galleries to the streets.
Set in the Aburrá Valley and surrounded by green mountains, Medellin has a temperate, warm climate year-round and is known for its friendly people that are proud of this transforming, progressive city. Located at an elevation of roughly 3,000 feet lower than Bogota, the warmer temperatures and green landscape have lent Medellin the nickname of the city of “eternal spring.”
Over the past 20 years Medellin has become the creative metropolis of some 3 million people. In addition, we can also find colorful flowers, different kinds of orchids, hummingbirds and other species of birds. Above all, plenty of coffee plantations are situated in the mountains of the region.
Medellin is also the emerging city for architecture. In 2013, Medellin won the Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design, awarded by Harvard University, due to PUI Integral Urban Project Northeast area, designed and implemented by Development Corporation Urbano. Medellín retains very little colonial architecture from the nineteenth century. The architecture produced in Colombia between 1850 and 1930 is called “Republican”. The Medellín Antioquia Railway Station was the work of Enrique Olarte, a work that allowed the definitive urban consolidation in Guayaquil sector. In the twenties Republican architecture reached its peak phase. New notable architecture today includes the modernist public library, Biblioteca España, created from three enormous rocklike structures that jut out from the hillside
Many of the museums and art institutions in Medellín do a wonderful job of integrating the country’s art history with its contemporary art. Another strong example of art’s dissemination to the people of Medellín is the street art and graffiti culture in the city. From metro stations like the University station with the “Medellín Paints Itself Alive” project to whole communities like Comuna 13, much of the public wall space is, in a way, given back to the people to see a reflection of themselves and their story. In the case of Comuna 13, this area was once the epicenter of extreme violence during the narco wars due to the neighborhood’s strategic position off of the highway leading out of the city.
In recent years, an urban renewal project brought a metrocable and an escalator to the neighborhood replacing the 350 very steep steps that were once the residents’ only way to reach the main city. The government also commissioned Colombian street artists and Latin-American and Colombian crews to cover the public spaces of the neighborhood and around the escalators with murals that tell the story of Medellín and the Colombian people.
For those seeking an accommodation with an inimitable balance between architecture and relaxation, Patio Del Mundo is a wise choice. An oasis of serenity and well-being, this seven-room villa is perfectly nestled in the central district of El Poblado Provenza in Medellin. The architectural design of the common space celebrates Colombia’s unique arts and cultures, and each of the seven rooms has a character of its own evoking exceptional places from around the world. The lush central garden is the gem of Patio del Mundo, where one can relax amid wild Orchids underneath the shade of the sheltering Mango tree or soak in the Jacuzzi to the murmur of the river adjacent to this serene property.