AD Italia features our private home and studio in latest issue November 2020. Simon Velez started constructing the property over 50 years ago when his father gave him a money gift which Simon used to buy a small plot in the historic center of Bogota, back then a very run down and dangerous sector of the city but attractive to the local bohemians. Since then, he has bought the neighboring lots and parceled together an expansive property on which he has developed a number of structures, each one for a different family member. As Simon´s eclectic family grew, so did his house.
AD Italia features only some of the structures. The little blue house (la casita) was his first structure made out of wooden elements, the tall red tower built out of concrete, recycled stones, and bamboo (el mausoleo), and the main house (casa azul) which he shares with his wife and co-founder of Gigagrass design practice.
Photographs by Francesco Dolfo and text by Elena Dallorso.