“One day I found myself in front of the majestic remains of this enormous brick silo complex built in 1902. Once it held the grain the fed millions around the world through the 20th Century. I realized that this was not chance but a twist of fate. I sensed that it’s destiny was not complete. This would be the Faena Hotel...”
“...Although it lay in ruins surrounded by land that had been abandoned, it was a grand site at the core of the city. I could see nature returning around it. A vision seemed to emerge like a dream. This would be the center of a new and unique urban district, bringing new life and spirit to Buenos Aires.” Alan Faena. June 2004
In the age of sail and steam this was once the heart of the Buenos Aires port. But that same central location and proximity to the water made it a logical center for a new community of global citizens.
It was an enormous classical structure in the center of a great city. Yet somehow we discovered it. We discovered it value and its secrets.
We founded the district as a place where a unique blend of architectural styles and the natural environment would emerge, a place where culture and heritage, art and technology, work and leisure could thrive together.
We gave Buenos Aires a new enclave, a matrix where the city’s tradition of eclectic glamour and innovative culture could revive and evolve.
As we built our vision we saw a new city coming to life and we encouraged many others to bring their visions, talents and projects to the district.
The district became a magnet drawing an extraordinary spectrum of people together. Real estate values increased here as nowhere else in Buenos Aires.
This was a place where art would live and occupy an important place in the lives of people. The future seemed better here. Utopia became a more contemporary idea.
This wasn’t just a city where art would be made, exhibited and appreciated. It was the city as work of art.
Heritage isn’t just about the past. It’s about what’s here now and will move us forward. A sense of value for culture, art, technology and architecture.
We envisioned city life as a world of unprecedented access and opportunity, with unlimited opportunities and possibilities.
We’ve approached the map like an art project. It’s about perspective and proportion. The right places, the right spaces. A perfect balance of public and private, culture and commerce.