5/7/12

Humboldt Lost


At the top of El Ávila mountain, was built in the 50's an elegant hotel whose only easy access is through cable car. After the 60's it was abandoned because its limited profitability. Today it continues to look forward to becoming something more useful than a lifeless architectonic icon. My proposal: It could to be transformed into a botany college. This abandoned hotel is located in the forest heart of Guaraira Repano National Park (or Waraira Repano) and also named after the great geographer and naturalist Alexander Von Humboldt.

En lo alto del cerro El Ávila, se edificó un elegante hotel en los años 50 cuyo único acceso fácil es a través de un teleférico. Después de los años 60 quedó abandonado por su limitada rentabilidad. Hoy sigue a la espera de poder convertirse en algo más útil que un ícono architectónico sin vida. Mi propuesta: que se transforme en una escuela universitaria de botánica. Este abandonado hotel está ubicado en pleno corazón selvático del Parque Nacional Guaraira Repano (o Waraira Repano) y además lleva el nombre del gran geógrafo y naturalista Alexander Von Humboldt.



Historical images of cable car and Hotel Humboldt construction,
compiled by humanist architect Florángel Rodríguez (visit her on Flickr)



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  1. It's very interesting on the first few pictures you capture the age of the building's outside, from the window panes and concrete frosted with calcium and lime..all in black and white. But the inside is a stark contrast with everything still looking as vibrant and warm as the day it was built. I love how the wood looks in the second to last picture. I just wish you had a picture of the tower up close in color as well.

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! I tell you it was not intentional. Color photos of the interior was because the stone wall deserved show its color, as well as bronze stove. If you search for "Hotel Humboldt" on Google Image, you'll can see plenty of color photos of different eras and even see the location on the mountain (which I not showed in these pictures).

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