Faena Arts Center
Buenos Aires 1137
A hundred years ago, the building that houses Faena Arts Center was one of the country’s first big mills turning out up to a thousand tons of ground wheat a day.
Transforming it involved the restoration of the port, industrial and service-oriented architecture, which preserved the original constructions – such as the south mill, the north mill and the machine room –, and the creation of outdoor spaces that together allow for an open communication with passersby.
The headquarters of Faena Arts Center is located in what was once the old machine room of the emblematic building and has been painstakingly rebuilt while retaining the original heights, period details, generously proportioned windows and semicircular arches, all representative elements of early 20th century industrial construction.
The building plan and façade have succeeded in intelligently adapting a space defined by the architectural characteristics of the past to harmoniously house the daring, versatile and demanding expressions of contemporary art.