Rogelio Salmona: Bogotá’s Maestro of Brick

Colombian modernist Rogelio Salmona had an enriching and enduring impact on Bogotá through his mastery of brick.

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Bogotá is a city of red brick and nobody did more to enrich that material than Rogelio Salmona (1929-2007), the greatest of 20th century Colombian architects. Inspired by Islamic brickwork of Spain and North Africa, he brought a new level of refinement to the massing and detailing of a product that had previously been used as a cheap substitute for stone. He may also have remembered the faux Tudor house in which he grew up – one of many such curiosities that still dot the fashionable quarters of the capital.

Read the full The Architectural Review article: A tribute to Rogelio Salmona, the greatest of Colombian modernists and Bogotá’s maestro of brick

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