Homes are sacred spaces for everyone. It is where a person can unwind and be their true self. The home environment is highly dependent on how the house addresses the occupant’s specific needs. Every place on earth offers a different style, which inspires designs throughout the world. Here are some of the intriguing design elements from a country in the Caribbean, Colombia.
Colombia is a country in the north-western corner of South America, bounded by mountains which gives it a unique blend of climate conditions and landscape. The needs of occupant vary geographically through this small Latin American country. In cities like Bogota, the weather is cool and wet. Meanwhile, cities like Medellín experiences a warmer climate. The coastal areas have hot and humid weather.
The buildings should respond to the exclusive climate conditions through the design of spaces, vegetation, fenestrations, choice of material, the play of wind and light. The design elements must operate in sync with the local condition to achieve optimum levels of comfort and functionality.
Another fascinating feature of Colombian cities is their unique overlap of cultures like indigenous, Europe, India and Africa; The cities influenced by the Spanish colonial architecture with a touch of Moorish and Castilian architecture. The country may be small but is home to people from around the world.
The buildings stand out because of the vibrant look and feel it provides. They are aesthetically pleasing and functional. The most predominant building material used is bricks, the quality of the natural clay and its accessibility makes it the most sought-after product. The frequent usage of this material can never make it obsolete; although advancements in technology, new ways of applying the material are continuously emerging.
Colombian architecture is about combing bright colours, evocative Caribbean context with tropical elements and geometric spaces, a lot is going on, but they don’t induce a conflicting atmosphere. Everything is in harmony. The most widely used colours include turquoise, pale pink, yellow, orange and lots of greenery through nature. A typical interior uses the mosaic Talavera tiles adornments, which is a Spanish influence.
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