Great Modern Architecture in Havana – nostalgic views

Two great books about 20th century Modern architecture (and design) in Havana.

The blurbs are somewhat pompous, but the books are… gorgeous.

Great Houses of Havana book coverGreat Houses Of Havana:
A Century of Cuban Style

(Monacelli Press, 2011).
Architect and author Hermes Mallea gives the first-ever insider’s tour of Havana’s architectural gems. Great Houses of Havana brings the reader inside never before published homes, presenting their fascinating personal histories alongside Havana’s architectural patrimony.
Havana Modern book coverHavana Modern: Twentieth-Century Architecture and Interiors
(Rizolli, 2014).
A revealing collection of astonishingly fresh and undiscovered midcentury architecture and interiors in Havana. Caribbean design expert and historian Michael Connors leads the reader on an unprecedented tour in Havana of the stunning and architecturally important private homes and buildings that have been meticulously preserved, previously unphotographed, and mostly inaccessible to visitors. This lavish book represents the modern movement in Cuban architecture, from art nouveau and art deco to the flowering of high modernism just before the Revolution, spanning from the early 1900s to 1965.

Some links:

Hilda Sarra house, designed by architect Rafael de Cárdenas,
incorporates Corbusian principles and Streamline Moderne style.

Art Deco-inspired staircase from Hilda Sarra house.

The Miguel Gastón house; the stairs to the upper floor are enclosed by the reflective glass wall and the pool on the ocean side.

Bacardi building
Art Deco Bacardi building

Casa de Alfred Von Schulthess

The open dining room of the Puig house

Hotel Riviera in Havana
Hotel Riviera was originally owned by mobster Meyer Lansky
This image is actually not from the books, it is by Leandro Neumann Ciuffo, illustrating the Wikipedia article about Hotel Habana Riviera. A similar one is in the book Havana Modern.

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