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 a woman’s external genitalia. The symbolic ornament functioned as a waterspout that fed a small basin below, giving the house a kind of erotic anthropomorphic quality – perhaps even that of his client – that had been largely absent in modern architecture.