Biblioteca Parque España

Perched atop a hill, the rock-like Biblioteca Parque España looms over the notorious city of Medellín like a monumental rock formation. This monolithic stone-clad library, designed by Bogotá-based architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, bears the Columbian city’s weighty resolve to use bold architectural works to move on from its violent and drug-addled past. Built adjacent to one of Latin America’s most violent barrios - although the area has improved considerably over recent years - the building strives to give opportunity to the poorer classes who need it most. 

Chilean photographer Cristobal Palma ascended to the library via cable car to shoot this remarkable video of the building and its surroundings.