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Eye on Buenos Aires

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In this new feature, we present an architectural insider’s guide to a great design destination. This issue: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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  Say Buenos Aires and you may hear a droning chorus of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” buzzing in your ears but this sprawling metropolis offers a veritable feast of architectural delights from Beaux Arts to Brutalism.
    Say Buenos Aires and you may hear a droning chorus of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” buzzing in your ears but this sprawling metropolis offers a veritable feast of architectural delights from Beaux Arts to Brutalism.
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  Architects Sebastian Weisz, Martin Chatruc, and Javier Leibovich of ChLW, shown here in their studio.Of Buenos Aires, Weisz says, “You can always discover new things here. It happens all the time.”
    Architects Sebastian Weisz, Martin Chatruc, and Javier Leibovich of ChLW, shown here in their studio.Of Buenos Aires, Weisz says, “You can always discover new things here. It happens all the time.”
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  Clorindo Testa’s imposing Banco de Londres in the city center is a prime example of Brutalist architecture.
    Clorindo Testa’s imposing Banco de Londres in the city center is a prime example of Brutalist architecture.
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  MALBA, designed by Argentine architects Gastón Atelman, Martín Fourcade, 
and Alfredo Tapia houses Eduardo Costantini’s significant collection of art works from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela.
    MALBA, designed by Argentine architects Gastón Atelman, Martín Fourcade, and Alfredo Tapia houses Eduardo Costantini’s significant collection of art works from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela.
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  Opera, ballet and symphonies are performed at the historic Teatro Colón, which was designed by architect Victor Meano in in 1892 (but opened in 1908).
    Opera, ballet and symphonies are performed at the historic Teatro Colón, which was designed by architect Victor Meano in in 1892 (but opened in 1908).
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  Santiago Calatrava’s Puente de la Mujer was erected at Buenos Aires’ Puerto Madero in 2001. Adding to the area’s design development is Faena Hotel + Universe, a Philippe Starck–designed hotel, which opened in 2004.
    Santiago Calatrava’s Puente de la Mujer was erected at Buenos Aires’ Puerto Madero in 2001. Adding to the area’s design development is Faena Hotel + Universe, a Philippe Starck–designed hotel, which opened in 2004.
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  Ølsen, a hip restaurant in Palermo Soho, specializes in contemporary Swedish cuisine and serves Sunday brunch until 8 p.m.
    Ølsen, a hip restaurant in Palermo Soho, specializes in contemporary Swedish cuisine and serves Sunday brunch until 8 p.m.

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