Apartment Building of Berta Garcia

Apartment Building of Berta Garcia

Nicolás Arroyo and Gabriela Menendez

Centro Habana


The apartment building is but one of the many examples of early modernist housing structures that enriched the urban grid of Central Havana. The overall structure consists of two parallel barres perpendicular to the street, each one stacking three duplex apartments. Seen from the street, they appear as small towers. They are connected by a courtyard and by a screen-like assemblage of columns and beams, that opens on the interior garden.[i]

[i] Rodríguez, The Havana Guide, p. 190; La arquitectura del movimiento moderno, p. 43, and pp. 50-51; and Gómez Díaz, De Forestier a Sert, pp. 425-26, and 429-30.