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federico ochoa constructs rhomboidal church in argentina making use of residential materials

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committed to one of argentina’s initial saints, the chapel is brilliantly illuminated by an opening in the ceiling that stays concealed.

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Glass walls and terraces frame views from bright white house in Argentina

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A water-filled patio with a slatted roof cuts into one corner of this L-shaped house near Córdoba, Argentina, which was designed by Agustín Lozada for a young family (+ slideshow).

Casa Belavista by Agustín Lozada

The Argentinian architect set Belavista House on a flat plot of land in Rio Ceballos, a small town in the foothills of Sierras Chicas mountain range.

Casa Belavista by Agustín Lozada

The single-storey brick and concrete structure is covered in a layer of fine plaster and white paint, contrasting the other exposed concrete houses in the neighbourhood – a popular aesthetic in Argentinian architecture. Large windows frame selected views of the street and a garden to the rear.

Casa Belavista by Agustín Lozada

“This house adjusts to the needs of a young family, whose primary focus was to take advantage of the attractive views through a large amount of glazed surfaces, but saving the privacy of a home,” said Lozada.

One wing of the L-shaped plan is occupied by a pair of bedrooms and an open-plan living space, while a double garage fills the other.

Casa Belavista by Agustín Lozada

The corner patio separates the two distinct portions of the house and provides the main entrance. Boxy concrete planters are set into a shallow pool of water below the patio’s slatted roof, creating a grassy screen in front of the entrance.

Casa Belavista by Agustín Lozada

Large windows and glass doors face onto the street from the adjacent living room, but other more private areas are secluded behind the property’s white walls.

Casa Belavista by Agustín Lozada

The two bedrooms are placed on either side of a bathroom behind a windowless wall at one end of the living space.

Casa Belavista by Agustín Lozada

A single deep-set window draws light into a corridor that connects the bedrooms with the living room, which has pale grey floor tiles and white walls.

Casa Belavista by Agustín Lozada

A long terrace links the bedrooms with a garden to the rear of the house. The garden is protected from the street by the form of the building and is planted with native vegetation.

“From the street, the house is hidden in her blind walls,” said the architect. “The greatest amount of tension happens towards the corner of the lot, where the architecture creates the access of the house, through a transition area between public and private.”

Casa Belavista by Agustín Lozada

“The idea was to push the private areas away from the street, with easy access to the garden where the everyday activities happen,” he added.

Photography is by Gonzalo Viramonte.

Casa Belavista by Agustín Lozada
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Related story: Timber screens bring fresh air into Pedro House without compromising privacy

Timber screens bring fresh air into Pedro House<br /> without compromising privacy

Tilting and folding timber screens cover sections of this house by Buenos Aires studio VDV ARQ, to provide privacy and shade for the occupants without blocking light and views (+ slideshow). More »

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Across Patagonia Argentina: An Instagram Photo Story (Part 2)

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It’s hard to stop taking photos when traveling across Patagonia Argentina. Camera around my neck, iPhone in my hand, sometimes I wish I was like a Hindu goddess, with multiple arms.

More marvels to share (following the first part of my Patagonia Instagram Story) of this wild and sometimes surreal region of South America.

El Chaltèn, a paradise for hikers

Within the immense Los Glaciares National Park, El Chaltèn is the best place to stay for hiking and climbing. There are shorter and easier walks, while others are more challenging, both in terms of length and difficulty.

Patagonia, Lake Viedma

I love hiking alone, which I consider a wonderful and intimate experience, but I’m also aware that I need to be all the most careful and cautious to avoid taking useless risks (here are a few tips for solo hiking, if you’re interested).

In El Chaltèn, it’s hard not to focus on the Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy, two of the most wonderful mountains in the world.

Patagonia, Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy

But the scenery is lovely also on the opposite side, and the easy and short walk to the Mirador de Las Aguilas rewarded me with an enchanting view on Lake Viedma (photo above), the surrounding steppe and the Valley of El Chaltèn (photo above).

 Patagonia, El Chaltèn Valley

Who minds a long hike when the reward is the superb Laguna Torre?

There are several hikes to different lagoons from El Chaltèn, and choosing one was not easy. I eventually set for Laguna Torre, and was not disappointed. The hike is long but varied and the lunar landscape around Laguna Torre left me speechless.

Patagonia, Laguna Torre

Endless steppe and fluffy clouds from the bus window

Swept by the strong winds, a wide portion of Patagonia is made of arid steppe, brightened here and there by blue lakes. For long stretches, no sign of life. Only the endless plain and the clouds running in the sky.

Patagonia, The Steppe

Patagonia, Steppe and Lagoon

Along the shore of Lago Puelo, near El Bolson. A rather popular spot for locals

I’ll be honest. El Bolsòn, of which I read lots of good things in the guide, did not live up to my expectations. Perhaps I should have focused more on the hikes in the area than on the town, and while I enjoyed Lake Puelo – apparently one of the most popular spots for locals – I wouldn’t include it in my unforgettable moments in Patagonia Argentina. I managed to take a couple nice shots, though…

 Patagonia, Lago Puelo

Patagonia, Kayak in Lago Puelo

My love affair with Bariloche

Yes, I fell in love with Bariloche. How could it not be? Mountains, lakes, forests, Bariloche has it all. After the wild landscape of southern Patagonia, the smoother landscape of Nahuel Huapi National Park felt soothing and familiar. Not for nothing Bariloche is often described as a slice of Switzerland in Argentina.

The view on the lake district – one of the highlights of Patagonia Argentina – from the Cerro Campanario is breathtaking.

Bariloche, View from Cerro Campanario

The walks are easy and often follow paths across the forest…

Patagonia, Forest

… leading to enchanting spots like Lake Moreno, with its blue and turquoise water.

Bariloche, Lago Moreno

Bariloche, Blue Lago Moreno

Your turn now. Which is your favorite snapshot of my journey across Patagonia?


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Across Patagonia Argentina: An Instagram Photo Story (Part 1)

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Immense, wild, harsh, remote and incredibly fascinating: Patagonia Argentina is all this and a lot more.

I wrote a few stories of my journey across Patagonia, and more will follow. I have thousands pictures that I still have to select and edit. And when I feel nostalgia for Patagonia’s dazzling beauty, I go through the moments I crystallised with my phone.

First glimpse of Ushuaia

My first glimpse of Patagonia went with a little thrill. Strong winds shook the plane like a can of coke, and the pilot had to abort the first landing attempt, regain height and approach the landing strip from a different angle. If it weren’t for the breathtaking landscape, I would have been way more scared. But there I was: I was setting foot in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, often referred to as “the end of the world”.

Blue and Purple in Ushuaia

As a city, Ushuaia is not particularly attractive, except for its natural setting and a few pretty houses, like that purple one standing out on a deep blue sky.

Boats ready for my dream destination… Antarctica!

Walking along the harbour, looking at the dramatic sky, I couldn’t help looking at the boats ready to set sail so Antarctica, the destination I dream to see, as soon as I’ll have enough money.

Centolla: Ushuaia yummy food specialty

I’m a fish and seafood lover, so I absolutely had to taste Ushuaia’s food specialty: Centolla (or giant crabs). Restaurants cook then in a variety of fashions but my favourite is the simple one. No sauces or other seasoning; only the delicate and delicious taste of the crab’s meat. Unforgettable!

A tiny post office at the “end of the world”

Not sure which one to choose, I started my hike in the Tierra del Fuego National Park from here: an enchanting cove with a tiny post office. I wish I had a postcard with me to send it from here.

Hiking in the wild Tierra del Fuego National Park

A breathtaking scenery and a gorgeous day. Everything was perfect until… I found out that I had forgotten my memory card (yes, you got it well…).

Never had I felt so terribly dumb and I kept repeating to myself at least a hundred times how stupid I was. Then, I decided that there was no point to spoil such a special moment, blessed my iPhone and started a wonderful and rewarding hike.

Crossing the Magellan Strait

Grey, windy, rough: the scenery at the Magellan Strait is not particularly attractive but the thought of the explorers of the past, navigating this difficult and dangerous route, filled my heart with strong emotions.

Sunset on the steppe… from the bus

The journeys on the bus across Argentina Patagonia are endless, as is the steppe going as far as the eye can see. From the bus, I spotted some of the most beautiful sunsets, which seemed to last forever.

Perito Moreno glacier: a dream comes true!

I had been craving to see the Perito Moreno glacier for years and was beyond excited when I finally stood in front of its majesty. I couldn’t stop shooting photos, observing it from every possible angle, trying to catch every shade of a magic rhapsody in blue.

I listened to the wind’s loud whistle and to the roar of the ice falling in the water, awe-inspired by the force of nature, mesmerized by a beauty that words can hardly describe.

Floating icebergs at the Upsala glacier

More ice,  this time the Upsala glacier and the nearby Spegazzini, which can be reached only by boat. Braving the strong wind and the cold, I spend most of the time on the deck, not willing to lose a single moment of such a stunning scenery.

My favourite part of the journey, apart from the glaciers magnificence, was looking at the floating icebergs, with their ever-changing colors and shapes.

The journey is still long and there are more snapshots to share. Stay tuned. The next leg is coming soon!



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Help Me Discovering the Best Offbeat Places in Argentina

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I can barely contain my excitement. At the end of January I’ll be off to Buenos Aires and will spend a month in Argentina.

For now, I’m reading the very good Rough Guide, studying maps, searching different transportation options and trying to figure out a tentative itinerary. And I’m facing the same difficulties I experienced when I visited Brazil: having to cope with a huge country and enormous distances.

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier. Photo Courtesy Sean Munson on Flickr.

One month seems like a lot, but I don’t want to rush from one place to the other, and will focus on Buenos Aires and some National Parks (likely a few between Lanin, Los Alerces, Perito Moreno, Los Glaciares, Nahuel Lapi, Tierra del Fuego) in the South.

What’s sure is that I want to see the glaciers and their blue shades. Sand and the desert have been a passion of mine since I was a teen-ager, and in the latest years I discovered a deep fascination with ice.


Chaltern Stanta Cruz, Argentina. Photo Courtesy Gabriel Gallardo on Flickr.

As I did in Japan, I’d like my journey to be only marginally planned so that I can follow my heart more than a schedule. Besides the landmarks and must-see, I wish to see unusual places and that’s where you come in.

Ropa, juguetes, regalos, perfumeria, cerveza

Ropa, juguetes, regalos, perfumeria, cerveza. Photo courtesy (M) Zaqui on Flickr.

I need your ideas and tips to discover the best offbeat places in Argentina. 

It can be a lot of things: special areas in Buenos Aires, scenic spots in the National Parks, great restaurants and bars, charming hostels and whatever ideas and recommendations you feel can help. 

I can’t wait to read your tips! 

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Cueva de las Manos: The Cave of Hands in Patagonia, Argentina

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People leave their stories through books, photographs, graffiti, or through their social media accounts. Leaving marks has been a practice since the prehistoric times and astonishing evidence of this can be found in Patagonia, Argentina. Stencils of human hands fill the cave walls together with other rock paintings depicting the life of hunters who stopped over the cave between 13,000 and 9,500 years ago. The cave is known as the “Cueva de las Manos” which literally means, “the Cave of Hands”.

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Photo credit: gato246

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Photo credit: Wikipedia

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Photo credit: jose pavoni

Photo credit: gato246

Photo credit: gato246

Cueva de las Manos (or Cueva de las Manos Pintadas) is located at the valley of the Pinturas River in Patagonia, Argentina. It is 24 meters (79 feet) deep and 10 meters (33 feet) high with an entrance of 15 meters (49 feet) wide. However, the cave’s interior slopes upwards making the other end of the cave only 2 meters (7 feet) high. The region where the cave lies is one of the areas in Argentina that has been a focus for archaeological research for more than 25 years.

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Photo credit: Tommy Vin

Photo credit: Alberto Azparren

Photo credit: Alberto Azparren

Photo credit: Eduardo Horacio Quinn

Photo credit: Eduardo Horacio Quinn

Photo credit: Diego Ulloa

Photo credit: Diego Ulloa

From the entrance of the cave, you’ll first notice the hand stencils stamped all over the rock wall. There are also foot stencils of the American ostrich, known as “nandu”, found among the hand stencil-dominated wall. Walk further inside the rock shelter to see more of the prehistoric art that remained untouched after several millenia with no major restorations done ever since it became popular in the second half of the 20th century.

Photo credit: Alberto Azparren

Photo credit: Alberto Azparren

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Photo credit: j.juarez2012

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Photo credit: lilianmirto

The rock shelter has five concentrations of rock art done with the use of the following natural pigments: iron oxides (red and purple), kaolin (white), natrojarosite (yellow), manganese oxide (black). These natural pigments were ground and mixed with some form of binder. Archaeologists found out that the cave-dwellers used these ground pigments inside pipes carved from bones to spray paint the cave walls using their hands as stencils. Most of these 829 hands are left hands and the hand sizes suggest that the painters were teen or pre-teen boys. It’s still a mystery why these Paleolithic teenage boys do this on the walls of Cueva de las Manos.

Photo credit: Alberto Azparren

Photo credit: Alberto Azparren

Photo credit: Alberto Azparren

Photo credit: Alberto Azparren

Photo credit: Alberto Azparren

Photo credit: Alberto Azparren

Besides the negative handprints, you can also find prints of guanacos, rheas, puma paws, scorpions, abstract designs, geometric patterns, and other shapes and lines with representations that have yet to be deciphered. There are painted hunting scenes on the wall that show the different hunting strategies the people did during those times from making traps or using weapons to attack their prey. It has been believed that the last cave art, which happened around 1,300 BC, was created by the historical Tehuelche hunters who were the inhabitants of Patagonia when the Spanish traders and settlers arrived.

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Photo credit: andarin2

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Photo credit: parelladaniel

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Photo credit: arpan koszka

Cueva de las Manos can be reached by road through a sidetrack north of Bajo Caracoles  or by foot or drive up the Cañón de Río Pinturas. Once you reach the entrance building to the protected area, make sure to hire a guardaparque or a guide with you to have access in the protected cave. Take note that some parts of the cave are protected by fences that keep visitors at a distance to prevent them from vandalizing on the rocks and walls. It is better to make a visit at the cave during the spring and summer season.

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Alan Faena is working “with the best minds” in architecture to bring Argentina to Miami Beach

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Job interview: after building the most talked-about urban development in Buenos Aires, Argentinian hotelier and residence developer Alan Faena has now turned his focus to Miami Seaside, the place he has commissioned architects including Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster to generate the Faena District Miami Seashore. In a exceptional job interview, he instructed Dezeen about his programs (+ slideshow).

“I believe in collaboration to truly make big modifications in cities and in the planet,” he said, chatting at an Argentinian-fashion “asado” lunch at his Miami Seashore development web site very last week. “And I like to work with the very best minds and, collectively, generate the greatest, no?”

Alan Faena
Alan Faena

The lavish barbecue was held in the middle of the development site at the $ 1 billion improvement, which normally takes up 6 ocean-aspect blocks on Collins Avenue. Foster &amp Partners‘ Faena Property condominium developing is virtually full, whilst function is underway on an arts building, parking garage and retail constructing by the US business office of Koolhaas’ organization OMA.

After beginning Argentinian style manufacturer By way of Vai when he was a teenager and later on promoting it, Faena turned to true estate in 2000, getting land and buildings in Buenos Aires’ abandoned Puerto Madero docks.

Aerial view of Faena Miami Beach
Aerial view of Faena Miami Seashore advancement. Rendering by Hayes Davidson

Working with Norman Foster and Philippe Starck, he created Faena District – a improvement consisting of lodges, apartments and cultural structures that is regarded as one of the most effective latest urban regeneration tasks in South The united states.

“I took a part of the city that was deserted,” said Faena, donning his signature outfit of a white go well with paired with a matching Panama hat. “I created urban installations exactly where we have an art centre, a resort, theatres. And it turned a single of the most crucial areas in the metropolis.”

Faena Miami Seaside growth. Rendering by Hayes Davidson

Now he hopes to do the same in North The united states, claiming that Faena District Miami Beach front is “the first time a undertaking is coming from the south to the north”.

Miami’s recent architecture growth is partly down to an influx of South American expenditure. The Florida city has been dubbed “the money of South The united states“.

Faena Arts Center Miami Beach by Rem Koolhaas/OMA
Faena Discussion board by Rem Koolhaas/OMA. Rendering by Hayes Davidson

Besides Foster and OMA, Faena has commissioned properties from American architects William Sofield and Brandon Corridor, a fountain and embroidered banners from Studio Task, and is rumoured to be talking about a creating with Thomas Heatherwick.

The Miami task will also function a refurbishment of the famous Saxony Resort overseen by Hollywood electricity couple Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, in addition a boutique hotel in the restored Casa Claridge and a revitalisation of the Versailles Hotel.

Images courtesy of Faena.

New models and renderings of Rem Koolhaas' Faena Forum at Design Miami 2014
Faena Discussion board by Rem Koolhaas/OMA

Right here is the job interview with Faena:

Marcus Fairs: Give me a tiny bit of history. What did you do ahead of Faena Miami?

Alan Faena: When I was quite younger I produced a very critical fashion organization. It was extremely big in Argentina in a minute when democracy was starting up. It was a wonderful cultural minute in my city. I was element of the independence movement. So it was very critical.

And then, soon after that, I turned a gardener for 5 several years. I lived in my property on the beach, planting roses. And then I started contemplating: “How will I arrive back again?” And I made the decision that the greatest way to do it is to make like a big installation an urban installation.

Faena House by Foster + Partners
Faena House by Foster + Companions

Marcus Fairs: So you produced the Faena District in Buenos Aires. Notify us about that.

Alan Faena: I took a component of the city that was deserted. I developed city installations in which we have an artwork centre, a lodge, theatres. And it turned 1 of the most critical areas in the town. And even even though I created it, it truly is not for myself any a lot more. It is a spot the metropolis will take pleasure in eternally.

Marcus Fairs: You worked with Foster &amp Partners and Philippe Starck at Feana District. Do you believe it really is essential to function with leading architects and designers?

Alan Faena: For me what is critical is the hand that you see there in this collaboration. I feel in collaboration to genuinely make large modifications in towns and in the world. And I like to operate with the best minds and, with each other, create the very best, no? I produce the script and doing work with every a single of them permits us – even though there is a great deal of diverse minds – to be all lined up.

Faena House by Foster + Partners at Faena Miami Beach
Faena Property by Foster + Associates

Marcus Fairs: Why have you made the decision to do a task in Miami Beach front?

Alan Faena: Miami is the excellent entrance. It’s the relationship among the south and the north, and are not able to be a greater match.

Marcus Fairs: How did it come about?

Alan Faena: My spouse bought the aged Saxony Hotel that was deserted and then – you’ve noticed the design that we utilized in Buenos Aires – I commenced acquiring land around to create, as we did there, a big alter.

Hoardings by Studio Job at the Faena Miami Beach development
Hoardings by Studio Job at the Faena Miami Seashore growth

Marcus Fairs: Speak us by means of the components that are heading to be element of this improvement.

Alan Faena: We have a resort exactly where we have a theatre, we have Faena House [a household building by Foster &amp Associates], we have the artwork centre with Rem Koolhaas, we have the previous Versailles resort that is going to be made by Monthly bill Sofield. We have yet another resort that is Casa Claridge, we have a new tower below developed by Brandon Hall, we have a parking garage by Rem Koolhaas…

Marcus Fairs: And why did you decide on to work with those specific architects?

Alan Faena: I worked with Norman in Buenos Aires. I have been doing work with Rem and OMA for some time. So I perform with the people that I worked with, simply because we know each other and we are part of the very same script.

Faena Saxony Hotel
Faena Saxony Lodge. Rendering by Hayes Davidson

Marcus Fairs: And you even labored with Studio Job to do your flag.

Alan Faena: The flag and also the sculpture you see in the entrance.

Marcus Fairs: And those are heading to turn into component of the improvement?

Alan Faena: Yeah.

Faena hotel, Buenos Aires
Faena lodge, Buenos Aires

Marcus Fairs: Somebody informed me that Thomas Heatherwick might be carrying out some thing listed here. Is that correct?

Alan Faena: Yeah, we have been performing factors and thinking things in the summer season. We’ll see.

Marcus Fairs: Have you introduced any architectural suggestions from the south? For instance the Foster building has really deep balconies…

Faena hotel, Buenos Aires
Faena resort, Buenos Aires

Alan Faena: I have experimented with to deliver how we reside in the south. This is the first time a task is coming from the south to the north so I realise that, in Miami, there are small doorways with modest balconies. And I tried out to bring how I lived in my house when I was a gardener – sixty or seventy p.c of my time I was outside, so I produced these large balconies. You should go and see. So to invite the people to stay how we dwell there. So even, although I perform with Foster, I bring the spirit [of the south] and offer a new way of dwelling.

Marcus Fairs: And then after this? In which would you go up coming?

Alan Faena: I’m going to turn into a gardener once again!

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