At first glance Bogota appears to be a city in spite of herself, disheveled, chaotic and ridden with traffic. Her architecture can range from the delightfully colonial to ultra-modern and everything in-between. Perhaps Bogota suffers somewhat for a lack of zoning and planning regulations, or failure to adhere to the norms but this does not take away from the fact that the city plays host to dozens of interesting and worthwhile contemporary architectural curiosities. Here, we have listed a Top Ten regarding contemporary architecture in Bogota. Rather than spend all your time wandering the antiquated streets of the Candelaria you can study some more curious and perhaps exciting constructions such as those designed by the famed architect Rogelio Salmona, better known for the Eje Ambiental, the Torres del Parque and the Centro Cultural Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Or perhaps your trip to the Colombian capital coincides with New Years Eve and you'll get to enjoy the view of fireworks sent off from the top of the Torre Colpatria whilst the edifice is illuminated with the colors of the Colombian flag. In addition to other well known landmarks such as the Plaza de Toros La Santamaria in the Macarena district if you harbor any interest in urban planning then you should take in the Centro Internacional just across Seventh Avenue in its quest to provide everything in one place, a style so beloved of city planners in the 1970s and 1980s. And then there's the more unusual buildings such as the Maloka and we have also listed the Centro Comercial Santa Barabara towards Usaquen in the north of the city. Obviously the latter is colonial in essence but it was only recently that the interior of this vast finca was gutted to house an ultr-modern shopping center.
Calle 11 con Carreras 7 y 8
Avenida Carrera 60 No. 57-60
Aesthetically pleasing library within the confines of the Parque Simon Bolivar... read more