The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…

In 1948, Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer designed and built — along with fellow architects Carlos Coire and Eduardo Catalano — the Parador Ariston in the La Serena neighborhood of Mar de Plata, Argentina.  Formerly remembered as the well-known Ariston Restaurant, the building’s overall shape and form — designed to hold social gatherings, dances and cocktail parties — is inspired by a four-leafed clover to provide maximum glazing and natural sunlight, with its main space elevated a single level with curved walls. However, sadly the building today stands abandoned, deteriorated in ruins, neglected, and covered in graffiti.

The Parador Ariston’s construction was completed in only 60 days, was made of reinforced concrete — with double armor slabs and volcanic lava tiles to lighten loads — and is supported by four pillars, which faithfully express the “form follows function” ideal of modernism. The building’s shape and large windows are visually integrated with and provide permanent views of the surrounding landscape, comprising of the sea and dunes. In terms of geography, the curved areas of the building are defined by a generatrix that moves along two parallel planes to the ground, forming a cross of curved vertices to allow the object to be placed freely on the esplanded where it is present.

Sadly (as mentioned earlier in this post), the Parador Ariston is in near-complete ruins and is totally neglected, despite multiple citizen initiatives to restore it.  The problems continue as its current condition (with the graffiti and boarded windows) will likely not improve since the building lacks heritage protection from the local government. However, many architecture students are currently in the process of saving and recovering the building through the Recover Ariston” Facebook page.



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