Friday, February 15, 2008

cuba's national art schools

these images are from a campus in cuba that was designed by roberto gottardi, ricardo porro, and vittorio garrati. parts of the campus are in ruin. some buildings are overgrown with vegetation, some are still working.

all images are from john loomis' cuba's forgotten art schools: revolution of forms

campus for the arts

the schools of art were designed in the midst of early cuban utopianism. they were constructed in a seized country club between 1961 and 1965. afterwards, the schools and the buildings that housed them were marginalized by the communist regime.

school of ballet, garrati

the school of ballet had a performance theater, three dance pavilions, classrooms, a library and admin services. garrati used layered, catalan vaults to connect domed pavilions. the spans of the dance pavilions exceed 17 meters. the span of the dome for the large performance hall is 34 meters.

school of ballet, garrati

school of ballet, garrati

the school of music, also by garrati, is sited on a hillside. its scheme was designed primarily in response to its site. program includes- classrooms, practice rooms, rehearsal hall, and lecture rooms. the scheme was initially designed, although it was never built, to include a symphonic concert hall, an opera and admin services. the program is arrayed in terraces along a spline that travels from the top of the hill to its bottom.

school of music, garrati

school of ballet, garrati

school of plastic arts, porro

school of modern dance, porro


mlee said...

cool! my friend did a documentary of the above. see if it's helpful.

ryan culligan said...

wow, i'd really like to see this

Patrick said...

we should talk ruins ricky.

flumembrain said...

more schools should be built like this

revolution of forms said...

you can find out more information at and on facebook at Revolution of Forms, Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools.