Alan Faena

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Alan Faena
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Born 1963 (age 50–51)
Buenos Aires
Nationality Argentina
Occupation Real estate development, hotels, fine art

Alan Faena (born in 1963) is an Argentinean hotelier, real estate developer, and founder/president of the Faena Group.


Eldest son of prosperous textile manufacturers, Faena founded the Via Vai fashion label in 1985.[1] He sold the company in 1996. Four years later he approached French designer Phillippe Starck with a proposal to create a hospitality, residential, and cultural complex in the abandoned docklands of Buenos Aires.[2] They formed a partnership with New York-based businessman Len Blavatnik to develop the first "Faena District" neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Blavatnik is also Faena’s partner for the upcoming Faena District Miami Beach.[3]

The first segment of the district in Buenos Aires, the Faena Hotel, opened in 2004. In 2005, Puerto Madero lots were purchased for the development of residential compounds including Portenia I, Portenia 2, Los Molinos and Faena Aleph Residences. The latter was Foster and Partners' first project in Latin America, completed in 2012.[4][5] The Faena Arts Center, which opened in September 2011,is a cultural center dedicated to exhibitions and site-specific works with a strong interdisciplinary focus.[6]

Plans are currently underway for the development of the Faena District Miami Beach in late 2014. Construction started in January 2013.[7][8] It will also include a new hotel, a conversion of the historic 1948 Saxony Hotel, and other projects such as an arts center, bazaar, arts-in-residence center, and car park.[9] The district will be landscaped by Miami-based firm Raymond Jungles.[10]


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