La Usina del Arte: a New Cultural Center in Buenos Aires

La Usina del Arte - La Boca

La Usina del Arte (literally The Art Factory) is a concert hall and exhibition center in La Boca, Buenos Aires. The building used to be a factory: it was an electric plant up until 1997 and reopened as a cultural center in 2012. Its remodeling was a great commitment to preserving Buenos Aires architectural heritage and to developing the cultural offer in the popular district of La Boca.

La Usina del Arte: History

La Usina del Arte Buenos Aires

The original factory was built in 1916 by Compañía Italo Argentina de Electricidad (Italian-Argentinean Electricity Company) . It spread over 7.500 m2 and generated electricity from 12 huge industrial boilers. The building worked as an electric plant up until 1997 when it stopped being profitable. At this time, Buenos Aires City acquired the land in order to save an important piece of La Boca architectural heritage.

La Usina del Arte Today

La Usina del Arte

The new cultural center La Usina del Arte opened in 2012. Taking advantage of the thick brick walls and the great internal volumes, architects transformed the former boilers room into an auditorium. The large auditorium has a capacity of 1.200 spectators. La Usina del Arte also features some small concert halls and an exhibition area.

During last Jazz and Tango Festivals, La Usina del Arte hosted a great number of concerts. Its brand new auditorium is regularly used for popular and classical music concerts.

If you are interested in architecture, you should take the 45’ tour (in Spanish) on Saturdays and Sundays. The tour is free of charge.

La Usina del Arte Official Website: usinadelarte.org

La Usina del Arte Auditorium

La Usina del Arte Foyer

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