I discovered Walter Betancourt’s work while writing about Chess Park in Santiago. This man, with such great talent, and a life cut short, is virtually unknown both inside and outside of Cuba. His Reforestation Center in Guisa is one of his finer works. Sadly, the Cubans really are unaware of what they have and the building, when I visited, was in the process of falling down before your very eyes from neglect.
I was not allowed on the property to take photos, nor was I allowed inside the building, but I was able to snap a few photos before being thrown off the property.
The Experimental Station for the Reforestation of the Sierra Maestra was a building project dedicated to Forestry Experimentation. The intent was the protection of indigenous species. I do not know if this is still the buildings purpose.
The building is organic with lovely transitional spaces. There are many juxtapositions of triangular and hexagonal elements. Originally there were galleries, interior courtyards, offices, laboratories, a library with a wood archive and guest houses.
The building consists of brick work, stone and ceramics topped by a steeply slopping French tiled roof. The interior is punctuated with skylights.
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