Visual Arts Museum

Daniel Bermúdez Samper, Architect
Universidad Jorge Tadeo lozano
Structural Engineer
Hernán Sandoval Arteaga y Cía. Ltda
Construction Company
Payc, Saenz, Ruiz & Cadena.

Guia Elarca de Arquitectura Tomo 4 – Bogotá Centro Histórico, 2007.


The third in a series of buildings for Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Daniel Bermudez’s Museum of Visual Arts continues on with the intention of approaching and organizing the existing urban structure of open and sheltered areas between carreras 3 and 4, and calles 22 and 23. Similarly as its predecessors, the Museum establishes a strong link with the campus and the surrounding city center, reacting to the particular features of both the site and its activities, with remarkable technical and spatial strategies.

In conjunction with the Library and the Auditorium, the project lends a hand in configuring public spaces amidst the urban environment. Because of its rectangular shape with rounded edges, along with a open passageway on its first floor, the building attracts and directs pedestrian’s traffic flow coming form calle 22 into the university’s main square, and subsequently, into the Museum itself.

Organized on the first floor, we find the vestibule, a cafeteria, and the staircase leading to the upper level, a generous open space destined to be used as the exhibition area. As a clear response to the typical parameters of a museum, the interior spaces do not involve the use of windows. In contrast, six generous skylights capture a maximum of natural sunlight from the north, while blocking away sun heat.

The Museum, built in exposed white concrete, maintains a low profile and height, while at the same time serving as a backdrop canvas to the activities held in the main square, and also blends in with the neighboring buildings, the sky, the Eastern Mountains, and the surrounding vegetation.