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UVA El Paraiso / EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín

UVA El Paraiso / EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín

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San Antonio de Prado, Colombia
  • Collaborating Architects:Victor Hugo Garcia Restrepo, Gustavo Andres Ramirez Mejia, Ana Carolina Restrepo Acosta, Juan Pablo Ramos Gaviria, Catalina Ochoa Rodriguez, Jorge Ramirez, Julián Camilo Yepes, Julián Esteban Gómez Carvajal
  • Edu Work Team:Cesar Augusto Hernandez Correa, Margarita Maria Ángel Bernal
  • Promoter:Alcaldia de Medellín – INDER
  • Client:INDER
  • Landscape And Environmental Adviser:ARBOREA, Mauricio Jaramillo Vasquez
  • Social Director:Gloria Estela Lopez
  • Architect In Charge:John Octavio Ortiz Lopera
  • City:San Antonio de Prado
  • Country:Colombia
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Text description provided by the architects. Articulated Units Life, UVA, are urban transformations in the neighborhoods of Medellin, intended for the public meeting, the promotion of sport, recreation, culture and community participation, under the concepts of:

Joint programmes, projects and city:
Equipment that promote balance in services for the neighborhood and the city

Recycling existing and unused spaces:
Revive restricted urban spaces in effective public space 

Spaces to enjoy with five senses:
Architectures that interact with citizens, which generates experiences

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UVA (articulated life unit) “The Paradise”, is a sport center, recreational and cultural activities, is conceived as an neighborhood club immersed in one of the districts of highest development of Medellin, its location responds to the consolidation of a strategic project of urban centralities, which linked through . the creek La Cabuyala as environmental axis and San Antonio de Prado Park-library as an existing cultural facilities are the services offering of a rural community and in housing expansion, with a high demand in cultural activities, music and sports.

© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

This project was born of community participatory design through collective construction of ideas and imaginaries where the citizen is the protagonist, methodologies that enriched the design with spaces oriented toward proposals for extreme sports spaces and cultural activities such as music disclosure and dancing, generating a sense of belonging, ownership and sustainability.


This building is a rigorous placement exercise where the architectural program is split into four volumes that revolve around an existing soccer field that was transformed, which is the central core that links all programs, a precise distribution as an act of respect for conservation of several trees of great natural importance and two creeks running through the lot. From urbanism the existing platform it extends to a large public terrace that embraces the soccer field as the main stage.

© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango
© Julian E.Gómez
© Julian E.Gómez

Medellin is a city with very few lots for the new generation of public spaces and facilities, a challenge that has led us to design buildings that are parks on their covers, optimizing the area for citizen encounter. Due to  our geographical condition these covers becomes perfect city balconies and in the case of UVA, hosting the manifested wishes of the community in various activities that energize urban life and its environment like, outdoor gym, skate park, playground, community events square and an interactive space with water, 100% effective and accessible public space.

There is an offer of services to the community in many leisure activities and training, music rehearsal rooms, recording master, sports center, gym, auditorium, dance room, Ludoteca and a soccer field in synthetic grass which is also the scenery of events. It is in a building in concrete in sight, facades composed by a series of vertical brises in warm colors chosen by the community, which are themselves part of building bioclimatic sun protection strategy.

© Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

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Address:Cra. 6 #4c-107 a 4c-289, San Antonio de Prado, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

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Cite: "UVA El Paraiso / EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín" 29 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/782851/uva-el-paraiso-edu-empresa-de-desarrollo-urbano-de-medellin> ISSN 0719-8884
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