Julio Mario Santo Domingo Building / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos

© Andres Arenas

Architects: Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos
Location: Bogotá,
Project Team: Daniel Bonilla, Juliana Lozano, Mauricio Morales, Jaekson Baez, Keily Jaramillo, Manuel Mendoza, Marcela Albornoz, Pedro Pulido, Rodrigo Montoya, Mauricio Ortega and Germán Ortega
Client: Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá
Project Area: 24,876 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2007
Photographs: Rodrigo Dávila & Andrés Arenas

first floor plan

The building is conceived as a new element that connects the campus of the University (Universidad de Los Andes), concentrating uses and flows from these parts to the building. It aims to integrate pedestrian through places like the access plaza and the first floor gallery. The mixed use of parking and postgraduate classrooms is represented in its pure and forceful geometry which clearly expresses this duality through the materials used in the façade, which permits to low the impact of the building in the area as a transition of uses between housing and mixed uses of the university.

© Rodrigo Davila

The concept of terrace garden is presented on the upper floors of the building in which the interior spaces open to gardens and contemplation areas, which integrating the visual mountains and the city, makes this project a great place to stay.

© Rodrigo Davila

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Cite: "Julio Mario Santo Domingo Building / Daniel Bonilla Arquitectos" 29 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=53880>
  • Kaya

    The materials used in the façade makes a beautiful dancing of the lights inside the building. Wonderful project!

  • R Goldschmidt

    Waht a wonderful project. Great work Daniel Bonilla & Co. I’m really spechless. Great material, great rithm and anything else …

  • Rouan

    That internal courtyard is just gorgeous. The quality the material/light combo brings to the space is fantastic. Big building with a very warm and welcoming feeling – dont see many of those around anymore. Great work!


    Repeat of all comments above… Refreshing for the morning to see this on my desktop. I gotta go to Colombia…

  • daniel

    been there.
    the interiors are amazing and work perfectly.
    exteriors look good on pics but in real life, the building does not look any good and its totally separated from the rest of the campus, no wonder most students go there because of the parking lot.

    any way, i think this is an amazing project, totally risk taking.. very brave.