Vittorio Garatti designed the School of Ballet as a complex of bricks curved walls and Catalan vaulted structure that reflected the optimism and exuberance of the time. The schools wanted to reinvent the architecture, as the revolution was hoping to reinvent society.
Garatti writes: “We took care to invade as little as possible the golf. We located several schools on the outskirts of the park, closer to the upper-middle class houses arranged along that sort of ring that surrounds the golf course”
The vitalist design of the school is deeply connected with the depth of the earth, a dark and telluric world where only gorgeous bulbs and splendid cupolas can emerge and raise towards the light.
The construction of the complex was interrupted after the missile crisis, when the naval blockade imposed by the United States forced to a different assessment for economic and productive priorities.
The School of Arts’ good consideration underwent on an ideological disgrace as a consequence of a different political and cultural mindset that considered the utopian architecture politically incorrect when compared to the Soviet building style that was acquiring dominance in the island. In 1965 the whole complex was abandoned, fell into ruins, and part of the materials were removed to be reused in other construction.
In November 2012 international press announced a project of restoration and re-use of the Havana school of ballet put forward by Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta. The british architect Norman Foster was in charge of this rehab project.
However,the project was stalled because of the opposition of Vittorio Garatti, who protested that he had been sidelined.