Multi-colored monument clearly reflects local culture and industry thanks to advanced interlayer technology
At 48 m high the monument La Ventana al Mundo − or The Window to the World − in Barranquilla, Colombia is hard to miss. If its imposing size doesn’t wow you, its color scheme certainly will.
The monument, sited on a roundabout on Avenida Circunvalar, near the city’s industrial area, uses a huge steel and aluminium frame to support more than 2,000 m2 (21,500 ft2) of colored laminated safety glass. Arranged in a harlequin pattern, the glazed panels − in shades of red, yellow, green, blue and white − cover the entirety of the structure in a multi-colored façade that is both complimentary and contrasting to the surrounding area.
Barranquilla, an important Colombian seaport flanked by the Magdalena River, is the capital of the country’s Atlántico Department. Well known internationally for its enormous Carnival, which brings together costumed performers, elaborate floats and cumbia music, it was also the host location for the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games.
The monument’s design − by Diana Escorcia Borelly, an architect at GA estudio − was chosen by a jury comprising representatives from the Ministry of Culture, the Mayor’s Office, the Modern Art Museum of Barranquilla, the Colombian Society of Architects and a representative from the Tecnoglass group. It was one of more than 90 entries in a competition that was the brainchild of Christian and José Manuel Daes, COO and CEO of the Tecnoglass group. Part of the brief for the competition was that the design should represent why the city of Barranquilla is Colombia’s window to the world.
According to Daes: “One of the requirements for the design of the monument was that it had to be made of glass and aluminium, which are the main products offered by the Tecnoglass Group. Glazing, besides showing our identity as a company, allowed us to give the project the distinctiveness that the architect wanted to achieve for the monument: a striking, cheerful, colorful and innovative design that represents the cultural heritage of Barranquilla and the character of its Caribbean people.”