Two great books about 20th century Modern architecture (and design) in Havana.
The blurbs are somewhat pompous, but the books are… gorgeous.
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.
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.
- A blog-post and slide show of some images from Great Houses of Havana,
from The New York Times Style Magazine (November 2011).
- Hermes Mallea writes about Great Houses of Havana in the Financial Times (House & Home section), (July 2012). Interesting read, and some good photographs there.
- A Look at Hermes Mallea’s Great Houses of Havana, from Architectural Digest (interview and photographs, 2011).
- Havana Modern photo gallery at Michael Connor’s website.
- Here is a slide show of some images from Havana Modern, from Architectural Digest (October 2014).
- An overview of Havana Modern in InCollect (October 2014), by the author Michael Connors, featuring many of the beautiful photographs by Nestor Marti. Basically, a mini-version of the book.
Hilda Sarra house, designed by architect Rafael de Cárdenas,
incorporates Corbusian principles and Streamline Moderne style.