A spotlight on Havana's art deco heritage – in pictures
Casa de Julia Tarafa: Havana’s love affair with art deco blossomed at a time of commercial promise: Cuba had grown rich on the back of the sugar trade – especially during the first world war. Like its neighbour, Miami, across the Florida Straits, where art deco flourished in South Beach and Miami Beach, pastel colours and whimsical motifs were introduced, creating a tropical deco’ look. This private house was designed by architect Angel de Zárraga in 1933.
Palais Garneir (Paris Opera House) -- this building became one of the most inspirational architectural prototypes for years to come. The Library of Congress in Washington DC, National Opera House of Ukraine in Kiev and Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro were all modeled after the Palais Garneir.