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Disrepair Threatens Medellin’s Iconic Spain Library

MEDELLIN, Colombia – Spain Library Park was built as a symbol of Medellin’s resilience, but its state of disrepair just 10 years after its inauguration has made it necessary to pull down the splendid graphite-black facades of its three fine examples of modern architecture.

Built in 2006 and covering 3,727 sq. meters (30,064 sq. feet) on the heights of the Santo Domingo Savio neighborhood, the library was later visited by Spain’s then-king and queen, Juan Carlos and Sofia, for the inauguration of its mission as the “road” to overcoming inequality and violence through knowledge.

Nonetheless, the majestic work that required an investment of 15.15 billion pesos (some $5.3 million) has presented since its opening problems of leakage and then, in 2013, some of the black stones of the facades, their main aesthetic attraction, started coming loose and falling to the ground.

Only the frameworks of the buildings remain now that all the stones have been taken down, as recommended in a study by the National University of Medellin, which exonerated the Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti of all responsibility.

Meanwhile the undersecretary of Physical Infrastructure Planning of Medellin, Juan Martin Salazar, said the possibility of demolition “is totally discarded.”

When the final study is available, reconstruction can continue, Salazar said, adding that “the goal is to finish the work this year.”

 

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