When he’s not in New York, music superstar J Balvin (nee José Álvaro Osorio Balvin) lives in his native Colombia, splitting his time between a loft in the city of Medellín, and a retreat in the mountains of Llanogrande, just 30 minutes away.
The “Machika” singer, 35, recently opened up the two homes in a cover story for Architectural Digest’s July/August issue, proving that despite his bold style choices — including hair that has been every color of the rainbow — the hitmaker prefers a minimalist feel in home design.
“Architecture, music, fashion — they’re all forms of expression,” Balvin explains to the publication of the two properties, both designed by Medellín-based firm 5 Sólidos. “When it comes to the places I live, I definitely take a less-is-more approach. A house should be a place where you can rest your spirit. I’ve tried to create places that feed my