Synopses & Reviews
Described by Christopher Columbus as "the loveliest land ever beheld by human eyes," Cuba's sumptuous landscapes are marked by sun-drenched tobacco and sugar cane fields and its cities ripe with music, dancing, and jubilation. Celebrating the relics of Cuba's revolutionary glory days, this book explores everything from the kinds of interiors seen in Buena Vista Social Club to top-notch luxury hotels and cultural heritage sites. Via a diverse selection of Cuban homes, hotels, gathering places, and more, Inside Cuba
takes you on a colorful tour of Cuba's most archetypal interiors. Just mix up a Mojito, pop in a Compay Segundo CD, and fire up a cigar you'll be in the perfect mood to savor these luscious Cuban gems.
- traditional time-worn homes bearing the patina of generations of habitation
- Modernist houses including one by Richard Neutra and artists' homes
- Cuba's best eclectic 20th century mansions
- a sugar baron's grandiose palacio
- Partagás cigar factory, one of Havana's oldest and finest
- the baroque building Palacio de los Capitanes Generales
- the spectacular and futuristic Mario Girona-designed ice cream haven that is Havana's most popular hangout
- a home with a Lalique-designed interior
- the bars Ernest Hemingway frequented, the hotel where he stayed between 1932 and 1939, and the estate near Havana he purchased in 1940, where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea
- Mafia casino hotels
- Don Diego Velázquez's Moorish-influenced home where gold was once processed before being shipped to Spain
Celebrating the relics of Cuba's revolutionary glory days, this book explores everything from the kinds of interiors seen in Buena Vista Social Club to top-notch luxury hotels and cultural heritage sites.
About the Author
Julio César Pérez Hernández, Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design 2001-2002 and adjunct professor at the School of Architecture in Havana, has lectured widely in the US and Europe about Cuban architecture. He is a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba and the recipient of several international and national awards. His writings have been published in the New York Times, Arquitectura Cuba and Arquitectura y Urbanismo.