For its annual design issue, Wallpaper* features Casa Aire, the Medellín home of reggaeton superstar J Balvin, designed by local architecture studio 5 Sólidos.
Perched high up in the clouds, with panoramic views of Colombia’s emerald hills and pristine waters, Casa Aire occupies a superlative site that befits its owner. Balvin is one of the biggest names in Latin music, his 2017 hit ‘Mi Gente’.
Casa Aire is characterised by geometric lines, calming green hues and elegant planting. In Balvin’s words, the house is ‘zero flex’: ‘It’s not about showing off, it’s about creating something with nature. It’s balance, peace and inspiration.’ Understated while uplifting, Casa Aire is not only a sure-footed reflection of its owner and architect, but also a lesson in taking a back seat to the wonders of nature.
Also in this issue: a round-up of the most outstanding outdoor furniture was shot on the rocky shores of Livorno by the legendary Massimo Vitali, conversation with Tadao Ando about his latest project in Naoshima, Yinka Shonibare about his artists’ residency space outside Lagos, and Elmgreen & Dragset about their major solo exhibition at Milan’s Fondazione Prada.
Launched in 1996, Wallpaper* is one of the world’s most distinguished global design magazine. Aimed at an international audience, it celebrates the best in design, fashion, travel and technology.