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(Image credit: Fernando Martinez)

The architectural duo Manuel Villa and Antonio Yemail have taken Bogotá's love of high-octane rooftop bars to new heights. The pair, two of the country's sharpest young architects, commandeered the penthouse of the former Hilton, an iconic 1963 tower block designed by Colombo-Catalan architect Fernando Martinez in the city's financial centre, to create Bogotá's loftiest new bar. Determined to go one better than legendary predecessor Cha Cha, Villa and Yemail added a 41st floor to Martinez's residential tower (originally built for retired policemen) turning the roof into Colombia's highest spot for discreet late-night mischief. Along with the best views of the Latin American capital, it serves up food by Enobra chef Francisco Pinzon and soul and Latin sounds stretching back through the building's glorious 40-year history.

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(Image credit: Fernando Martinez)

Centrico — Bogotá, Colombia

(Image credit: Fernando Martinez)

washroom with lime green light

(Image credit: Fernando Martinez)




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Originally hailing from the UK, Rainbow Blue Nelson first landed in Colombia in search of Tintinesque adventures in 1996. Subsequent forays from his Caribbean base in Cartagena have thrown up a book about Pablo Escobar, and the Wallpaper* City Guides for Santiago, Brasilia, Bogota and Miami. Currently completing a second book about Colombia whilst re-wilding 50 hectares of tropical rainforest on the country's Caribbean coast, he’s interviewed some of South America's most influential figures in art, design and architecture for Wallpaper* and other international publications.