The emphasis of this residence designed by 5 Solidos for Colombian music icon J Balvin is on reflection, serenity, and a seamless interior-exterior link.
Balvin was inspired to construct Casa Dos Aguas in Llanogrande, Colombia, 30 minutes outside of Medelln, by the openness and flow of Japanese architecture. All forms of expression include music, architecture, and fashion.
According to the Latin Grammy-winning musician, “less is more” in terms of her residence. “A home should make you feel at ease. I designed places that feed my spirit, not my ego.
The original design of the house is still present in 5 Solidos’ “House of the Waters” for J Balvin. The home was made up of two parallel rooms connected by a wood hallway with natural light and a lofty pitched ceiling. The entire outside plan was designed as the idea developed and was included as a second phase.
The straightforward architecture of the pavilion allows the lush mountain ranges of Colombia to take center stage.
This ode to Scandinavian charm and Japanese simplicity combines lightness and materiality with harmony and poise. The house is straightforward, modest, and well-run, with bonsai and warm oak wood on the floors, walls, and pitched ceilings.
J Balvin is an art and design collector. The dining chairs are made by Thonet, the Vibia lights illuminate the space, and the Mattiazzi Osso stools invite you to sit down.
Joe is quite picky. He is aware of his lifestyle and interests. “You see it in the artwork he collects, the books on the shelves, the neutral palette—every detail down to the sheets and towels,” said Elisa Ortega, a partner in 5 Solidos.
The concept is transferred into every aspect of the home, sparking a dialogue with every gesture and way the space is used, and producing moments of awe, according to the architects, who claim that the entire area has a sense of unity and balance.