RENOVATION OF THE MEDELLIN PLANETARIUM

Selection - XXIV Colombian Architecture Biennale 2014
With Parque Explora

Location: Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
Design date: 2011
Construction date: 2012
Area: 4,100 sq.m.
Estimated project cost: US$1,8 million


This project arose out of the need to update and complement the development of Medellin’ northern sector over the past 8 years. A series of metropolitan-scale installations have been built in this area and today, as part of the innovation district, it’s one of the sectors of Medellin with the most development. This renovation brings about a profound change in the building’s programming, creating a location conducive to participatory knowledge. The axis of this transformation is a center for scientific visualization, with the significant attribute that it doesn’t just allow for viewing astronomical content, but also highlights the sciences as powerful cultural adventures, stimulating the appropriation of scientific and technological knowledge in diverse audiences.

This is an inclusive renovation, where the first floor is entirely open to the public and people can enjoy it without having to enter the museographic area. We incorporated spaces that promote knowledge and research, recreation and leisure, spaces that can be experienced and also enjoyed. It responds to the current requirements for this type of building in a contemporary city, with a more holistic and systemic vision that integrates other scales and other phenomena from our planet and the Universe, from the infinitely small to the infinitely big, moving towards a concept called the “Cosmorama”.

Photos: Juan David Jaramillo, Julián Gaviria and OPUS


Imagen Principal Planetario de Medellín