El Monte, Hato Rey, PR

Marvels of Modernism: El Monte

El Monte

El Monte (The Knoll), a multi-family apartment complex in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, was built as part of the urban renewal efforts that followed World War II.

With landscape and gardens designed by Hideo Sasaki and posterior implementation adjustments by Hunter Randolph, the site plan provided a seamless continuum between the public and private realms and explored the use of tropical flora (both native and exotic). More importantly, El Monte set the paradigm that established the landscape as the nexus of Modernism in the Caribbean. Nevertheless, El Monte, its iconic landscape, and the people who created it have yet to be recognized for the local, regional, and potentially international importance of their contributions.

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