Personal tools
log in | join | help
Sections

Wanderlust: Puerto Rico’s Built World

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 15, 2014 01:03 AM
Editorial Rating: 1 2 3 4 5
Average Rating: 1 2 3 4 5 ( 0 votes)
by Promila Shastri last modified Jun 13, 2014

It’s true that looks aren’t everything, but for design lovers of a certain ilk—namely, Americans with an affinity for Latin esthetic sensibilities—Puerto Rico offers heaps of unexpected beauty. There’s the natural variety, of course—perpetually blue skies, endless sandy beaches dotting its Atlantic coast, waves that beckon surfers to its western — Continue reading …




 

 

10424643_790793764277837_603048808_nIt’s true that looks aren’t everything, but for design lovers of a certain ilk—namely, Americans with an affinity for Latin esthetic sensibilities—Puerto Rico offers heaps of unexpected beauty. There’s the natural variety, of course—perpetually blue skies, endless sandy beaches dotting its Atlantic coast, waves that beckon surfers to its western shores, rain forest waterfalls, roadside hibiscus blooms—but esthetes are more likely to be swayed by the island’s soulful built elements.

The silvery blue cobblestones that pave the streets of Old San Juan; its narrow, winding alleyways, tightly packed with houses, creating vignettes seemingly lifted directly from Van Gogh’s depictions of Arles; wrought iron gates and window grills lining residential streets in the southern city of Ponce, intricate and ornamental enough to warrant a more exalted place, or at least protection from merciless exposure to sun and salt; preposterously handsome Colonial buildings scattered throughout the island, some restored to perfection, others abandoned to crumble and rust; Art Deco-influenced modern skyscrapers that appear to have been extracted from the Miami skyline; and, most viscerally, a symphony of applied colors: yellows, pinks, purples and aquamarines—even construction hoarding may be assigned something as lyrical as violet—that make contemporary notions of color restraint seem downright miserly.

10358251_737933039597782_30590483_n10413914_250908891781499_2040481245_n925497_1515091798719076_488050054_n10413100_259844804221759_981218939_n10448990_295387913969468_153333344_n10362187_1510774152478936_983251585_n10449081_649464941796229_729069884_n915576_1427833927485539_1882160596_n10413775_1431553183772036_1723969786_n10431996_912538892094508_438988929_n10358290_808903312461012_405174376_n10369481_771040559606079_341352789_n10401564_1417933781825103_216486898_n10424663_672564629496471_426297351_n

Photos: Promila Shastri


 

 

 
 
 

Website migration, maintenance and customization provided by Grafware.