Clorindo Testa 1923-2013
Argentina’s, indeed Latin America’s, most famous architect passed away recently, leaving behind an amazing body of work, of which perhaps his most famous projects, both in Buenos Aires, are shown here: the Bibioteca Nacional, and the Banco de Londres y América del Sud.
Unmistakably Modern but also Baroque, as observed by Manuel Cuadra in his excellent monograph (referenced below), Testa’s architecture sits comfortably alongside Buenos Aires’s rich European (Parisian, really) urbanism while also conveying the sense of openness and optimism that are the hallmarks of the best and most successful of Modern Architecture.
See also: Cuadra, Manuel. Clorindo Testa Architect (Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2000).
photos by markcareaga, December 2006
Ese banco siempre me voló la cabeza… y la Biblioteca Nacional, ni hablar.
Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.