Malecón e/ E y F, Vedado, Plaza
TXT: YOSS PHOTO: ROLANDO PUJOL / ALEJANDRO ASCUY
Very deteriorated by the combination of poor maintenance and battering of wind and flooding, nowadays some people consider this to be one of the ugliest buildings in Havana. In contrast, when its seventeen stories were raised for the first time next to the Malecón in Vedado in 1967, many people were anxious to live there attracted by the view and year-round breezes. The Girón bus company housed many of its drivers and workers there which is how the building came by its popular name.
Designers Antonio Quintana and Alberto Rodríguez, inspired by the Brutalist architecture typical of the period, designed two adjacent towers connected by a labyrinth of stairways and airy passages that increased the communal spaces.
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