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Michael Ménendez, architect of the Anti-Imperialist Tribune and professor of architecture, challenged his second-year students to design new architectural giants for the Cuban capital, harmonious with the urban landscape. And these are the most fascinating results of this challenge.

Mislaydis Morales
A multi-purpose skyscraper for Paseo Street, in Vedado. Six bodies in an asymmetrical, trapezoidal prism, with a truncated, oblique finish and slanted sides facing left or right alternately. The louvers, spaced at 20 to 50 cm, give the glass façade a slightly corrugated aspect, economizing further on the forced ventilation of extractors. The tallest building is 90 meters high, with two underground levels. Above the 5 commercial floors, there are 22 stories of different size apartments, ranging from those with 2 bedrooms for students to the 6-bedroom duplex and triplex penthouses.

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