Author: cubamodern

BUILDINGS

Casa Cristina Abad, 1954

Casa Cristina Abad 1954 Ricardo Porro Nuevo Vedado   Porro’s house for Cristina Abad in the Nuevo Vedado employed curvilinear lines, rounded corners, an inverted gable roof, and full-height colored glass.  At the terminus of the channel created by the two inverted gables, Porro inserted a sculptural figure that resembled […]

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Casa Viamontes

Martinez’s house for Manuela Ofelia Viamontes in the Reparto Biltmore is like a California case-study house situated in a large and deep rectangular lot.  The façade is an open carport covered by a flat concrete slab, with a delicate metal grille of continuous circles separating the porch from the first […]

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Casa Farfante

Frank Martínez’ house of Isabel and Olga Pérez Farfante in Nuevo Vedado is really a duplex unit of two modern houses separated by a covered patio.  Martínez employed various traditional elements of Cuban construction such as adjustable full-height wooden louvers, and balconies that resemble front porches. The house has an […]

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Casa Eutimio Falla Bonet

The house in Miramar for the wealthy industrialist and philanthropist, Eutimio Falla Bonet (1905-1965), was the best example of Batista’s synthetic approach.  Built in 1938 in collaboration with his brother Ernesto, an engineer, the house was located on 1st Avenue along the coast. In plan, the house wraps around a […]

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Habana Hilton Hotel

Above the multi-level plinth, the rooms occupy twenty-one identical floors, each one identified by the deep balcony that protected its glass walls. At both ends of the vertical slab, the en-suite living rooms are boldly cantilevered from the frame that establishes its edges. The broad façade is broken symmetrically by […]

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Parque José Martí

Designed by Octavio Buigas de la Cruz on the Malecón facing the sea, the park contained a 400-foot long grandstand facing a stadium and a covered gymnasium. Both structures used the same advanced concrete technique and design. The slender cantilevered sections buttressed with the seating sections of the grandstand—on the […]

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Tropicana

Best known as the Arcos de Cristal, the central room of the Tropicana Nightclub in Marianao was an extraordinary synthesis of technology, architecture, and landscape.[i] The project consisted of the construction of a new air-conditioned salón to increase the comfort and capacity of the existing nightclub. Borges imagined five circular […]

SPONSORS

Oolite Arts

This project was awarded an Ellies Creator Award by Oolite Arts in October 2018. 

SPONSORS

Knight Foundation

This project was awarded funding by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal […]