Clorindo Testa Architect, Building, Buenos Aires Design Studio, Projects, Argentine Office
Clorindo Testa : Architecture
Contemporary Argentinian Architecture Practice, South American Design Studio
Clorindo Testa – Key Projects
Major Argentine Project:
Bank of London & South America, Buenos Aires
Date built: 1959
Key Projects, alphabetical:
Biblioteca Nacional de la República Argentina, Argentina
Homenaje a Clorindo Testa por Croquiseros Urbanos from Biblioteca Nacional on Vimeo – short film about this key Argentine building:
Campus Universidad del Salvador, Auditorio, Argentina
Casa Capotesta, Argentina
Casa La Tumbona, Argentina
Centro Cultural De La Ciudad De Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires ampliación, Argentina
Hospital Naval, Argentina
The National Library of the Argentine Republic, barrio of Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spanish: Biblioteca Nacional de la República Argentina
This building is the largest library in the country.
The brutalist structure was designed in 1961, though construction did not begin until 1971. The new library was inaugurated in April 1992.
The successive changes in government leadership and bureaucracies, along with certain indifferences towards cultural matters were factors that delayed the project originally envisioned by the architectural team of Clorindo Testa, Francisco Bullrich, and Alicia Cazzaniga. The library’s architectural style also called brutalism is usually a cause for questioning and study by architecture students. At the same time of the new building, the need for a trained staff in library science led to the creation of the National School of Librarians whose first term started during Borges’ tenure in 1957 at the Mexico Street building.
La Perla Spa (Balneario La Perla), Argentina
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Clorindo Testa Architect – Practice Information
Architect office based in Argentina
Clorindo Manuel José Testa
born in Naples, Italy
Italian-Argentine architect & artist
Clorindo Testa : Argentina Architect
photo : Alejandro Peral
Testa was born in Naples, Italy. He graduated from the School of Architecture at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1948.
He was one of the leaders of the Argentine rationalist movement and one of the pioneers of the brutalist movement in Argentina. His style as an architect has always been influenced by his artistic nature, with projects dominated by the effects of colour, tension, metaphors and plasticity; these aspects are well illustrated in his designs for the Biblioteca Nacional de la República Argentina and the Banco de Londres building in Buenos Aires.
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