A new housing project in Medellin to inspire eco-living
Located about half an hour outside of Medellin, the new Volta housing project promises to be a green oasis for urban dwellers in need of some fresh air. Located in what is now called the “Nuevo Alto de las Palmas,” this housing project by design firm 5 Sólidos – in collaboration with architecture studio ALH Taller for construction company Ubicca – is surrounded by an environmental reserve and focuses on clean energy.
The eco-conscious residential project is one of the first in Colombia to offer charging stations for electric vehicles while using a water bank to irrigate shared green spaces, and even features solar-powered street lamps.
Volta residents have access to a soccer field, tennis court, squash court, barbecue area, electric car charging stations, an indoor and outdoor pool, and even a jacuzzi. Ubicca advertises it as a privileged spot for living, eating, walking, exercising, and studying – advocating for clean energy, easy breathing, and inspiring others to take care of the planet.
While the residence is a unique proposal within the Colombian housing market, it echoes recent trends in green buildings, such as an earlier project by ALH, the green residence El Matorral. And so goes the Volta slogan: “Green is not just the color of the mountains, but also a state of mind.” ubiccaconstructora.com
Concept stores, disruptive formats, retail experiences: with the world growing evermore digital, brick and mortar stores have been forced to create experiences with a bit of added value. Luckily, Medellin concept store owner Claudia Correa has always been a bit averse to the traditional. Her design store, 902 Showroom, was founded ten years ago on the idea that people appreciate a little extra, and an alternative to the same old malls shop goes a long way.
Bogota’s newest and slickest bakery setting is courtesy of soup-and-sandwich emporium Masa, with its brand new spot in the city’s traditionally residential neighborhood of Usaquén. The new Masa, a Bogotá establishment aptly named after the Spanish word meaning dough, opened its doors in September with an airy, 7500-square-foot open-plan restaurant featuring a café, a bakery, a dining room, a retail space, and a patio.
Mexico City-based MASA gallery walks the blurry line between art and design. Launched in February by Hector Esrawe, curator Agé Salajõe, OMR gallery co-founder Cristobal Riestra, and designer Brian Thoreen, the nomadic design, art and architecture gallery features 15 of the city’s top artists and designers, and aims to challenge convention to present Mexico’s contemporary design scene on a global platform, and in unexpected, evolving settings throughout the capital.
Eugenia Díaz, or Uxi, as she likes to be called, is proud to be Mexican. A self-taught ceramicist, her unique earthenware vessels are heavily influenced by her home base in Yucatán, Mexico, where some of the most important pre-hispanic clay investigations are known to have originated.
Here is our list of the must-see design and fashion events for the rest of 2019—located around the world and with a special focus on Latin America, as always.
Our series on concept stores selling Latin American goods continues today in Cartagena, Colombia, the vacation capital and coastal gem of the country. While they say the best time to visit is usually Christmas or New Year’s, Cartagena enjoys relatively cooler weather until about April, which means there’s still time to make it your next travel destination. And if you’re wondering what the shopping scene for local goods is like, here are our top three spots for discovering Colombian design in all its diversity.
Colombian designer David del Valle is a visionary within the world of Latin American design. With his international and simultaneously Colombian perspective, del Valle has managed to represent the country in the most important design fairs in the world, returning to his home country with lessons he manages to inject into a variety of initiatives and projects. We sat down with the creator of Tu Taller Design studio and the Medellin Design Week fair, to talk about what 2018 taught him and what he’s looking forward to in 2019.
At kriteria we are dedicated to covering what’s happening in Latin America… but when our favorite New York-based design blog, Sight Unseen, announced their trunk show with major e-commerce platform Moda Operandi, featuring past and current winners of their American Design Hot List (Sight Unseen’s annual editorial award for the 20 names to know in American design), we knew we had to cover it.
The slick new concept behind Barcelona studio Six N. Five’s latest collection combines mid-century Scandinavian design with the futuristic feel of holographic furniture. Repurposing the clean lines, organic curves and minimalism of the celebrated Scandinavian style, the collection dubbed ‘Holo-Scandinavian’ takes this design aesthetic into a surreal universe of the far future or distant past— we can’t be quite sure.
Just this month, Net-A-Porter launched The Colombian Collective, a curation of brands and exclusive capsule collections from designers tied to this South American country’s flourishing design scene. Participating labels include Johanna Ortiz, Silvia Tcherassi, Esteban Cortazar, Carolina Santo Domingo, Castaner x Mercedes Salazar, Mallarino, Bibi Marini, Verdelimón, Verdi, Muzungu Sisters, Hunting Season, Magnetic Midnight and Lazy Poet.