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A Century-Old Buenos Aires Theater Converted Into a 21,000-Square-Foot Bookstore

July 18, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

Built in Buenos Aires as a performing arts theater in 1919, El Ateneo Grand Splendid‘s content has undergone several revisions, with its current purpose being a 21,000 square foot bookstore. Despite the switching of functions, the architecture has remained true to the early 20th century vision of Peró and Torres Armengol, the building still boasting ornate frescoed ceilings and detailed trimmings that line the ceiling, handrails, and walls.

The stage and balcony seating is also intact, the spaces now used as reading areas where guests can peruse the store’s many books in front of thick velvet curtains. These attributes were almost destroyed in 2000 when the building was slated for demolition, however before the historic theater could be taken away it was leased to Grupo Ilhsa who built out the bookstore. Now over 1,000,000 people walk through Al Ateneo Grand Splendid’s doors annually keeping the tiered theater very much alive. If you liked this, also check out the Waanders in de Broeren bookstore built inside a cathedral. (via Twisted Sifter)

Image by longhorndave

Image by longhorndave

Image by Liam Quinn

Image by Liam Quinn

Image by Liam Quinn

Image by Liam Quinn

 

 



Craft

Giant Wind-Up Bots Overtake the Streets of Buenos Aires

February 17, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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In this latest clip from Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films we watch as tin windup toys overtake the streets of Buenos Aires, living amongst its inhabitants as if it was an everyday occurrence. Livschitz is known for his short films that blend live action footage with aspects of absurdity, most notably his New York and Buenos Aires theme parks. Music by the very fine Canned Heat circa 1972.

 

 



Amazing

Inception Park: Hovering Roller Coasters Fly Above the Streets of Buenos Aires

February 16, 2012

Christopher Jobson

This is almost too good for words. A wonderfully clever video directed by Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films, in which hovering roller coasters fly through the streets of Buenos Aires, completely untethered to tracks. I can’t help but wonder if the video somehow had its genesis in the green screen High Wheel video from last year. Regardless this is a splendid evolution. (via vimeo)

 

 

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