Designed by the Brazilian studios Firma Arquitectura and Oficina Aberta, this simple volume was annexed to a preexisting preschool to accommodate extracurricular activities. Translucent sliding doors open up to the exterior. The construction uses ind
The architecture of the Museum of Image and Sound looks to Copacabana Beach for inspiration: its coastline, its wraparound wall, its hills, and its distinctive seaside promenade designed by Roberto Burle Marx, which captures the essence of the place:
Opened in the year 2017, the Japan House in São Paulo is the first example developed within the ‘Japan House’ initiative, developed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote various aspects of Japanese culture in the world. The building
This collaboration between the Brazilian teams of Paulo Mendes da Rocha and MMBB Arquitetos transforms the former Mesbla department store in downtown São Paulo into a complex combining educational, artistic, sports, health, and leisure activities, su
The envelope of ceramic pieces rendered in a variety of colors does much to give the building a personality of its own in the urban fabric, while distinguishing each apartment unit. The 25-floor tower is located in Itaim Bibi, a São Paulo neighborhoo
The project for the new embassy of Brazil in Santiago, Chile restores a 19th-century palace, adds buildings to the complex, and unifies them by means of a permeable skin of pinewood.
The facade of the hotel is covered with a series of perforated pieces or polycarbonate resin caps (cobogós) that are fire and sun resistant, produced by injection of the material under pressure in steel molds, and fixed in folding frames... [+]
Minimod Cutuçaba is a house built on the logic of plug & play prefabrication. It is formed by cubic modules – measuring 3 x 3 x 3 meters – prepared principally with wood, combinable in different ways to topographically, visually, and environmentally
The facade consists of a series of different layers that filter light and sound. The outermost skin, with a green buffer and special soundproof windows placed behind it, is a lattice of perforated aluminum that covers the upper working floors... [+]
Minimod Cutuçaba is a house built on the logic of plug & play prefabrication. It is formed by cubic modules – measuring 3 x 3 x 3 meters – prepared principally with wood, combinable in different ways to topographically, visually, and environmenta
Mãe Luiza is not a typical Favela – its identity and character have been formed both by the unique setting and the creativity of the people of this strong community. Mãe Luiza is nestled between the protected natural zone of the dunes of Natal and th
The mediatic opening and closing ceremonies (including the usual fireworks, which in this case could be watched from favelas as well) did not manage to cover up what truly distinguished the Rio de Janeiro Games from previous Olympics: the absence of
Accompanied by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and the entire retinue that the consecration of a building slated to symbolize the new Rio de Janeiro deserves, the Spanish architect-engineer Santiago Calatrava inaugurated the Museum of Tomorrow. Tru
A founder of the Paulista School, Vilanova Artigas built works characterized by the combination of structural power and social commitment.
Rio de Janeiro was a port of call on Le Corbusier’s way to Argentina in October 1929, and the Swiss architect then likened its urbanization to “filling the tub of the Danaids.” The scenery was not alpine; nonetheless, he found it “violent and sublime
The centenary of Lina Bo Bardi has rekindled the fervor for her figure. The critic Rowan Moore considers the Italian-Brazilian “the most underrated architect of the twentieth century”; however, she who Martin Filler describes as “the Anna Magnani of
Lina Bo Bardi was an unusual architect and she produced inimitable work. She was born in Rome in 1914 and passed away in São Paulo in 1992. In Brazil, her adopted country, recognition to her work did not happen until the last years of her life. Inter
Lina Bo Bardi had the rare opportunity to work in fields other than architecture. Landscaping, furniture design, set design, illustration, or graphic design broaden the context in which most Brazilian architects are situated. Though her built works a
Ignored for years on end and completely absent from the official manuals of the history of architecture, Lina Bo Bardi’s work remained unknown outside Brazil until her death in 1992. In recent years, however, she has been cited more frequently in var
As is generally true for the best architecture produced in São Paulo, Lina Bo Bardi’s oeuvre takes flight at a moment in time when Brazilian architecture ceased to be focused on by other countries. This turning point occurred in the 1960s after the n
Born a hundred years ago, Bo Bardi found in the cultural life of Brazil the humus of an at once festive and socially committed architecture.
A disciple of Oscar Niemeyer, Lelé concentrated his social commitment on the study and development of construction types and systems.
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