Argentinian Brutalism: Clorinda Testa in Buenos Aries – Manchester Modernist
In the latest issue Capital, I’ve written about the little known Argentinian architect Clorinda Testa, a man whose love of massive, brutalist concrete structures, seemingly knew no bounds…
It was whilst we were on our World Tour, that me & A came across two remarkable buildings tucked away in the tree lined streets of the capital, Buenos Aires: The Bank of London and South America (1959 -1966) and the National Library of Argentina (1962-1992).
The interesting story of how these two buildings came about involves numerous Military Coups, huge delays, collapsing economies and sheer determination on the part of the architect, well worth a read (even if I do say so myself).
I’ll leave you with some of the photos that I took when we were there to give you some idea of the scale and vision of Clorinda Testa, a name that should certainly be more well know that it is… (the bank is first, down to Testa’s original concept drawing and then the library)