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U House / Albor Arquitectos

Cortesía de Albor Arquitectos© Laurian GhinitoiuCortesía de Albor ArquitectosCortesía de Albor Arquitectos+ 47

Havana, Cuba
  • Architects: Albor Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  205
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Enscape, CARBONE S.A., Cemento PORTLAND P-250 y P-350, Enscape 3D, +5

Street Photography Tour of Havana, Cuba with Pratt Institute

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Street Photography Tour of Havana, Cuba - Pratt Institute
Street Photography Tour of Havana, Cuba - Pratt Institute

Havana has often been referred to as a time machine — a city that transports its visitors to a distant moment and time in history. The capital city’s colorful Spanish colonial-style architecture has made it a go-to destination for photographers, architects, and people seeking life in a bygone era. From classic cars to “its overall sense of architectural, historical and environmental continuity makes it the most impressive historical city center in the Caribbean and one of the most notable in the American continent as a whole,” remarks UNESCO.

AD Classics: United States Embassy in Havana / Harrison & Abramovitz

The United States’ diplomatic presence in Cuba is housed in a severe, early-1950s office building perched on the shoreline over Havana Bay. Walled off from the city and pulled back from the street, the building has the uneasy presence of a haunted castle – shunned and maligned by its neighbors, but subjected to the unending scrutiny of suspicious eyes and intrigued gossip of the locals. With its regimented orthogonalities and the unmistakably foreign imprint of modernist efficiencies, both the embassy's architecture and the optimistic political spirit it embodies seem to belong to another era, a cooperative past no longer conceivable in the wake of a half century of underhanded diplomacy, calumnious propaganda, and failed attempts to restore relations between the embattled countries.

Rear view. The mechanical additions from the 1997 renovation are visible on the roof. Image © EsclaPre-renovation photograph of the embassy. Image © U.S. Department of State© Bin im Garten© U.S. Department of State+ 8