Servita Arts Complex

How can architecture bring together arts and municipal services?

Bogota, Colombia
Schematic Design

Servita Arts Complex in Bogotá brings together an unlikely pairing of buildings: an art museum in a historic home and a series of municipal service facilities. The Complex centers around Villa Servita, a historic landmark that is free and open to the public, and houses an emerging art gallery. Due to the structure’s landmark restrictions, it was prohibited to build anything taller than the house on this plot of land. In order to accommodate these restrictions, we created an interconnected subterranean network of municipal buildings that wrap around the property in a snake-like configuration.


The design of Servita Arts Complex embraces the architectural and artistic traditions of Colombia, creating a municipal center that embodies the aspirations of the community while remaining grounded in its heritage. The shifting geometric configuration of the complex was inspired by the folding planes of the Andes Mountains and references the Post-War and Contemporary Colombian art found in the Villa Servita.

  • SIZE: 49,643 SQF
  • PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Laura del Pino