Apartment Building of Isabel and Olga Pérez Farfante
Frank Martínez, Architect
Nuevo Vedado, Havana
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 asymmetrical massing, is elevated plan on fluted pilotis, and is covered by a projecting flat roof. The use of strip windows, concrete block walls, and exposed concrete slab floors on the exterior also makes reference to Le Corbusier’s Dom-ino system.