Juan Pablo Escobar, Escobar’s son, goes through life as Sebastián Marroquín. Now the violent chapter of his life is full of uncertainty and flight operations is over, it’s time to start the chapter ‘normal life’. That normal life he found in architecture, according to Sebastián it even saved his life. In an interview with Architect’s Newspaper, he explains why.
‘I believe that a lot of things from architecture I learned from my father, especially places to hide’
After the death of his father, he moved with his mother and sister to Mozambique and then to Argentina, where he and his mother have first imposed a place to sleep in prison, Sebastian was soon released, but his mother not.
The hard struggle for his mother’s release and the long nights waiting for an answer were heavy. He realized that he had to do something with his life. So he decided to study architecture. According to Sebastian architecture saved his life, because it gave him the chance to believe that if something is broken here new things can arise from. That’s referring not only to architecture but also to the life.
Talent for architecture, however, flows through his veins. His grandfather was a furniture designer and his mother herself was interior designer and then of course there was his father who made his own prison. Sebastian said this: “I believethat a lot of things from architecture I learned from my father, Especially places to hide ‘, something that needs no further explanation.
Because of his family history and name he gets, despite his great talent, not as likely the contracts he wants. That’s why he changed his name from Juan Pablo Escobar to Sebastián Marroquín. His first assignment was the house that can be seen on the pictures. A house in Colombia whose client’d remained anonymous. When the house was finished, the client called Sebastian, and guess what: it was the man who had destroyed his house in 1988 with a bomb on Escobar. So he made a house for the man who had wrecked his home.
The assignment was a question of forgiveness. The client knew could mean something for Sebastian that he can build his portfolio. A special first assignment. Now he is working on a similar project as his father once did: build houses for the poor.
The entire interview can be found here