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At 121 meters above sea level, defying the passing of time and the onslaught of the weather, the Focsa Building, one of the seven wonders of Cuban civil engineering, stands on the top of the city’s top floor.

As a faithful sentinel in the form of a Y, it remains motionless and majestic in the Vedado neighborhood, dazzling visitors from all over the world.

The name of this building derives from the acronym of the company that created it: Fomento de Obras y Construcciones, Sociedad Anónima (FOCSA).

Its inauguration in 1956 was a real milestone, because of the novelty of a construction of this magnitude for that time.
To the surprise of many, the Focsa was finished in just 28 months with a reinforced concrete structure, the first of its kind in the world, without the need for cranes.

The building consists of 39 floors and a total of 373 apartments, as well as garages, shops, restaurants, a supermarket, a school, a theatre and two radio and television studios.

The architects of the Focsa proposed the concept of creating a small but autonomous city within the big city.

On the 33rd floor of the building is located La Torre Restaurant, one of the most recognized ones not only for the fusion of French and Cuban cuisine, but also for the impressive panoramic view of the city and the Havana Malecón.

Enjoy the comfort and intimacy of a dinner in La Torre, photograph a sunset or simply contemplate the movement of Havana at night, become one of the main attractions to visit this imposing building.

From the highest part of the Cuban capital, the Focsa is presented to us as a tempting proposal to delight the visitor with surprising views and very successful offers for their pleasure.

For visits: Focsa building. 17 street number 55. Vedado. La Habana (23.143013, -82.384441). Telephone: (+537) 838-3088. Open every day from 12 to 24h.

by: Lys Alfonso Bergantiño