The man who turns Buenos Aires’ emblematic sites into art.

Legislatura – @croquier

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Argentina on the go

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May 20th, 2024

T he iconic corners of this city are well known. Many of these are ornamented by tradition or simply by the locals’ stories that award them greater value.
In today’s post we will bring our readers some of the work of Martín Faingold, an Argentine architect and illustrator, whose passion for drawing and communicating ideas started from an early age.

Through his accounts on diverse social platforms, Martín captures stunning images of several sites within Buenos Aires that are seldom noticed and that happen to be of great value for the dwellers of this city.

So if you are one of those people who admire the architecture of the destinations they visit, mainly that of the less noticed sites in a city – such as a cafe in Belgrano, a house that hosts a hidden museum, a neighborhood store, or simply the facades that convey that special something that seduce both locals and travelers from around the world- then you are bound to love this post.

What is Croquier?

Croquier is an illustration project that seeks to succinctly convey the way we use the space we inhabit. The small houses, the parks, new real estate developments…they all communicate and tell a story. Who inhabits them? How do they live there? Since when? Why there?

Evita Hospital, Buenos Aires – @croquier

How did this project come to be?

Croquier originated during the Covid-19 pandemic. One day I came up with the idea of posting on social media some drawings I had made in my old notebooks. What viewers appeared to enjoy most about these drawings was the chance to see those places that the lockdown was preventing them from. It was a sort of virtual tour around the city. Little by little people started to recognize those sites that were familiar to them, whether it was a restaurant, a house in one of the barrios porteños, or a building.

In most of your work we see facades, but also stadiums and other iconic sites. How do you go about choosing what you are going to draw?

I follow no method of selection! They are daily spaces, some of them well known, others less popular. But I tend to draw those that convey something, be it the essence of the barrio, a feeling of belonging or a restaurant I happened to like.

Which are your favorite facades in Buenos Aires?

My favorite facades are those that go unnoticed, those that nobody sets their eyes on. But when you finally see them, you start to understand them and figure out the use given to that site…that little plant on the balcony, the air conditioner motor attached to the wall, the old shutters -which contribute so much to the aesthetics of the facade-, or the small dog looking out of the window…

Park in the cañitas neighborhood – @croquier

Why did you opt for “simple” facades rather than tourist sites in Croquier? What makes them so special?

I think that the best way to get to know a place, a city, a country, is by wandering its streets. Of course I do visit iconic and tourist spots too, but the true essence of a place lies in those sites that are generally off the beaten path, which are basically where the local daily life is lived and witnessed.

Your top 5 of sites where Buenos Aires’s architecture may be appreciated

– Barrio Colegiales (neighborhood): with its quiet streets and beautiful houses.
– Barrio Villa Urquiza (neighborhood): with its parks full of dogs.
– Barrio Recoleta (neighborhood): with its European-like buildings.
– Costanera (esplanade): which reminds us that we are a coastal city.
– Melian Avenue: A work of art turned into a street.

If anyone wishes to see your work or purchase some of your pieces, how should they reach you?

If anyone feels like taking a look at my work they may find me on Instagram (@croquier) and contact me there.

Argentina on The Go

We couldn’t help it! We invited Martin Faingold to paint our own facade, located on one of the most charming streets in Buenos Aires city, namely, Thames. It is for good reason that Thames was selected as the big favorite among travelers by prestigious magazines. The reason? The mix of restaurants, bars, architecture and great local charm.
How did you like the result?

Thames Street Buenos Aires – @croquier