Colombian global star J Balvin opened up his home in Colombia to Architectural Digest. The space is a peaceful and minimalist haven with a mix of superstar elements. The mansion, designed by Medellín-based firm, 5 Sólidos, features books in his living room instead of a TV to encourage reflection. Meanwhile, his bedroom closet holds roughly 850 pairs of shoes.
“It’s not a place to show off, it’s a place for my soul to rest. I’m not here to flex no one, I’m on another vibe. This is just for me and my soul and my people to come and be relaxed,” he said.
Inspired by Japanese design, the doors are blended into the walls so it’s all streamlined and every room has floor to ceiling windows to showcase the forest surrounding the house. Though he’s known for his colorful style, his house reflects his belief that black is a “powerful” color (even the toilets are all black) standing in contrast with the wood used throughout the whole house.
He intentionally left out memorabilia connected to his professional life saying anything related to his persona goes to his mom’s house and his home is all about “Jose” (he was born José Álvaro Osorio Balvín). The artist has been open about his struggles with anxiety and depression, so this peaceful and uncluttered home seems to be a testament to his commitment to tranquility amid the demands of his celebrity life.
The Latin Grammy award winner calls the house a work of art but says the most beautiful piece of artwork is a 100-year-old Bonsai tree they brought straight from Japan. The house is located in Llanogrande, 30 minutes outside the city. Not having neighbors allows for the ideal private nature getaway for the global superstar. He shares that the natural elements inside and outside the home provide a balance from the city life of his home in New York.
“A house should be a place where you can rest your spirit. I’ve tried to create places that feed my soul, not my ego,” he told the publication.
Were you surprised by his stripped-down approach or does this meditation-friendly home make you want to create your own nature-filled haven?