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1957 – 1957



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Avenida de los Libertadores
Santiago de Cuba

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Bacardi Headquarters Building Change this

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Change this

Interior Perspective - Bacardi Building, Santiago de Cuba

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The proposed Bacardi Rum Company Headquarters was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1957. The new office headquarters was to be built in Santiago, Cuba, however with the 1959 Cuban revolution, the building was never realised.

Elements from the Bacardi HQ's design have been re-used for later projects, in particular the New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie) in Berlin. These buildings both incorporate large platforms and orthogonal grids. The clean geometrical form was distributed across two floors supported by eight centrally located columns. This allowed for the space to be fluid and free as the corners are left open at each corner. The walls were to be glass, inset from the roof by six meters creating a 'gallery' space that would run along the inside.

The site that was to be used presented a sloping topography, Mies integrated this into the design with a wall comprised of earth on the lower level. This wall created a courtyard which would house a sculpture, not too dissimilar to the Barcelona Pavilion.


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