El Ateneo, a bookshop transformed from an old theatre in downtown Buenos Aires. El Ateneo has retained its previous splendour, with superior painted ceiling, primary balconies and ornate carvings intact. Even the crimson stage curtains continue being part in the exhibit. Comfy chairs are scattered all over, the phase is utilised as being a reading through location and cafe, and in many cases far better, the previous theatre boxes are made use of as tiny studying rooms.
The stunning developing was at first developed by architects Pero and Torres Armengol, then afterwards transformed from a cinema right into a bookshop by architect Fernando Manzone, who retained several parts of the theatre, including the stage, the balconies, the remarkable architectural details and in many cases the purple curtains. In 2008 El Ateneo Grand Splendid was named the 2nd most wonderful bookshop in the globe by the Guardian, and that’s no surprise considering it’s elaborate decor and basic 1920’s theater experience.