Faena transformed the abandoned port–undoubtedly, one of Argentina’s most ambitious and successful real estate projects to date–into an urban enclave with the highest standards of excellence and artful living. Faena’s visionary founder Alan Faena explains, “We have redefined the way we live in cities by building a strong community anchored in the fusion of art, recreation, nature, sustainable architecture and technology. After 10 years, our relationship with the community is as lively as ever.”
To celebrate the anniversary, the entire Faena district will come to life with a series of art installations and special events from October 10 – 13, 2014.
Faena Arts Center (FAC) will inaugurate the weekend celebrations with angeles veloces arcanos fugaces, a site-specific roller dancing installation by duo assume vivid astro focus (avaf). An indoor neo-disco roller rink will take over the Los Molinos room, the grandest exhibition space at the FAC, and create an environment for celebration and nostalgia for the disco era’s utopian ideals of community that came alive during the 1970s in New York. The installation will also feature music by French comedienne, drag artist, and celebrity DJ, Lady Bunny. The Faena Arts Center invites both the local Buenos Aires skate community, professional roller-dancers, and the general public to participate, dance, and skate at the arts center, underlining Faena’s commitment to participatory and interactive, holistic art experiences. The artist duo explains, “we want you, the music, the neons, the masks, to all become one.”
The Faena Hotel Buenos Aires will also mount a retrospective photography exhibition of the iconic history of the Faena Hotel Buenos Aires over the last ten years, to share the Faena story and illuminate the process, development, and success of the hotel.
BUILDING A COMMUNITY
In 2004, the Faena Hotel Buenos Aires, designed by Philippe Starck, broke ground and redefined the experience of travel and inspired living by merging the elements of art, culture, entertainment, sustainable architecture, and cutting-edge technology. The hotel features some of the city’s most vibrant hot spots, restaurants, lounges and entertainment venues, such as El Mercado, El Bistro, The Library, El Cabaret, and the Faena Spa. In addition to the Faena Hotel, four successful residential projects have followed, including the Aleph Residences, designed by Foster + Partners, Faena Hotel + Residences, La Porteña, La Porteña II, and the renovation of the early 20th century building, Los Molinos, which houses the Faena Arts Center.
In 2011, under the direction of Ximena Caminos, the Faena Arts Center (FAC) opened its monumental exhibition space, becoming one of the most cutting-edge contemporary art venues in Latin America thanks to the strong international scope and interdisciplinary focus of its exhibition program. Committed to commissioning large-scale, site-specific projects and offering financial support to artists through the Faena Prize, Argentina’s biggest award for visual arts, the FAC’s two major galleries and international exhibition standards allow for artists to experiment and realize unique and imaginative dream projects.
In 2015, Alan Faena, with long-time business partner Len Blavatnik, will introduce the first phase of Faena Miami Beach, the first location of the international expansion of the Faena Group. With the transformation of Puerto Madero, the Faena district in Buenos Aires has become an example of what an ideal city looks and feels like and Faena plans a similar cultural renaissance in Miami Beach. Engaging the greatest creative talents of our time and encompassing seven blocks on Collins Avenue, Faena Miami Beach includes: Faena House, the impressive and record-breaking luxury oceanfront residences designed by Brandon Haw (Foster + Partners) and the highly anticipated Faena Hotel Miami Beach, brought to life by the multi-award winning couple, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, followed by the unveiling of the Faena Arts Center, Artists Residencies, Park, Marina and Bazaar all designed by Pritzker Prize winning Rem Koolhaas and OMA, and the Faena Versailles re-designed by William Sofield. The new district will be framed by the lush landscaping of Raymond Jungles.
In Buenos Aires and Miami Beach, Faena remains true to the mission of creating inspiring cultural communities with a trans-disciplinary vision that informs the curated combination of world-class hotels, residences, exhibition spaces, retail, restaurants and entertainment. Faena balances art, architecture, nature and technology—all elements coalescing to generate neighborhoods that redefine how we live.
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