JH House / Bernardes + Jacobsen

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Architects: Bernardes Jacobsen Architecture
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Partners in Charge: Thiago Bernardes and Paulo Jacobsen
Collaborators: Jaime Cunha Junior, Paula Tega, Henrique de Carvalho, Paulo Poch and Andrés Galvez
Interior Design: Architecture – Eza Viegas
Design year: 2007
Setting up: 2008
Landscape: Isabel Duprat Paisagismo
Vertical Garden: Gica Mesiara – Quadro Vivo
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Cite: "JH House / Bernardes + Jacobsen" 23 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 03 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=22929>

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    I bet Mr. Neimeyer wouldn’t be too happy about this multi-million dollar capitalist masterpeace…Shame on all of us for liking such greedy non-sense!

    AWSOME spaces! Awsome architecture!

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    Ridiculous, what Mr. Niemeyer professes politically and what he does architecturally are two different things, as is almost always the case with left-leaning artistic expression. Bernardes & Jacobsen are the leading practitioners of this particular flavor of lyric modernism that is strongly influenced by O.N.

    This project, too, has a lot of influence from late Neutra, particularly the VDL reconstruction from the 1960′s. Personally I find these themes of liminal space just as compelling as ever – and smartly integrative of indoor/outdoor space.

    Too bad there aren’t any plans. Though the photography is good it is hard to glean the program without a plan.

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    we would love to see the plans of the house but anyway is an excellent piece of architecture. Juno don’t worry about money, some of us have got it plenty !!! there are many who can build such awsome architecture and thanks to capitalism!!

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    Is it just me? Architectural inspiration is gravitating towards Latin America … although I would call this house ‘competent’ rather than particularly inspiring.
    The main difference to me is that here in the UK we have competent and mostly worse – whereas what I am seeing out of Mexico, Brazil, Chile etc is competent and lots of better.
    My guess is that it is because there is a lot more built by young architects is these places (and more new-build opportunities). Here in London we have mind blowing talent coming out of the Bartlett and AA, only to be smothered by the baby boomers.
    Ultimately of course it’s up to the clients. Why can’t we be more brave?

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    Waxman, I like your thinking! Nice piece of work by B+J though… love the openess, hope there aren’t any thieves to break in too easily. Maybe some hounds perhaps?

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    I do wish I understood why my tame commentary is edited out the queue here?

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    I was being sacastic guys! I’m all for “capitalist” architecture…It what makes the world go round! Love the house glad to know you all do to…

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    I agree with Waxman too. And furthermore, that hypothesis applies to the USA as well I think.

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    Ahhh, a well trimmed hedge by the entrance … must be a brazi…. Wha-aaaa-t?
    Well, the plans tells us a lot about the architecture, right? No, it hasn’t. It has shown that this house is for someone in high society, possibly an ambassador. I have seen similar plans with similar provisions (I’ll leave you to work it out). I wonder if clearance was required for publishing? Who knows. It is however a LARGE house – where it is great are the intermediate spaces (as in the text or by almost unanimity) and particularly the lack of facades. Excellent use of screening with its slimming edge detail. The architecture is not inspiring (waxman) and is likely the result of “Critical Regionalism” (K. Frampton). For me, it is not a necessity to see the spirit of an older master guiding the hands of a new generation; bit old school (keep the faith) if you like. It is the culmination of results of an architect’s exploratory mind.
    With the speed and scale of information we now receive … an inspiration could be triggered by a poem, song, essay, book, an object, science, mathematics …. it’s inexhaustible. It could be argued that it was actually John Entenza through the magazine Arts & Architecture that sparked this architectural language in California?
    Brazil has been in the forefront of designs for sometime. I have read quotes from Brazil, far back as 3-4 yrs, where it is claimed that Brazil’s artistic community is so design-rich that they need not seek inspiration from elsewhere. We’re now in a unique age, where “cheque book architecture” reign and our minds are freed from the constraints that plague our forefathers. With its economy now gaining from off-shore black gold … it is not difficult to see how it can’t match or out-perform more acknowledged/established centres of designs. We’ll just have to see which continent is going to be the epicentre for the next generation CSH. We could start from Australasia …. Godsell, Murcutt … Asia …

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    The “pimp pad” comment is actually quite a serious one because this is probably a reason why clients don’t prefer this type of eye candy that designers toss off over. Houses built for families aren’t sexy enough to make it to magazines and websites. Nevertheless, I’m sure most families won’t have a problem with this gem.

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    3-4 years??? Brazil has been the birthplace of unique architecture at least since the 1940´s. One the first large modernist building ever built was the Ministry of Education in Rio de Janeiro in 1945 (designed 1936). Furthermore, Thiago Bernardes, one of the associates of Bernardes + Jacobsen, is of the third generation of architects in his family. Before him came Sergio (of the first generation of Brazilian Modernist Architects) and then Claudio, who were both critically acclaimed and, so far, more relevant than him (although he is still very young, and has the potential to grow much more).
    As for the criticism to leftist ideology, although many times Niemeyer does seem a hypocrite, to say that this is “almost always the case with left-leaning artistic expression” is a very simplistic comment. Even in Brazil you can take João Vilanova Artigas as an example of an architect with strong leftist beliefs that expressed themselves in his work.

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    @tom c: as a Latin American, I can tell you that comments such as that of francis stem from a complete ignorance of the history of Latin American architecture. In Brazil and in other Latin American countries such as Mexico, there was a lot of great modernist architecture created throughout the whole 20th century.
    Most architectural currents were represented, adopted, adapted and developed in these countries, such as constructivism, functionalism, futurism, organicism, etc, as well as déco, and art nouveau.
    The difference now is that with the Internet people from Europe or the US can actually see things being done in Latin America and thus “marvel” at the fact that some architects there are “competent”.
    What a discovery!

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    I have worked in Brazil and Europe and I am sure that many of us have known about Latin American architecture well before the internet was thought of (have a look at old RIBA journals, Architecture Records etc from the 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and its all there – multi page features and all)
    My point ultimately has to do with young architects who I think are more and more restricted in Europe compared to Latin America (and Asia) – which I think results more ‘inspired’ ideas getting realised there. Here the former ‘avant garde’ have become the establishment and they have a stranglehold on the profession.

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    “I can tell you that comments such as that of francis stem from a complete ignorance of the history of Latin American architecture.” – JuanLuisBurke. Yes, I am … and this why I am at DA to see, read and add a comment about particular architecture of interest. Please enlighten me about this particular architectural relationship to the architecture of Latin American history. And is this a defining piece and which aspects please? Thanks.

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    “3-4 years??? Brazil has been the birthplace of unique architecture at least since the 1940´s.” – tom c. I have no doubt about that … 3-4yrs is just a shorten version of a complete statement. I like what B+J do and I was hinting at a Neutra/American/past masters connections rather than B+J or Latin American architectural heritage. I am interested in every project as presented, here in particular, how they have arrived at those particular planning and solutions.

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    I do see alot of beautiful new and amazing architecture from Latin America, but in traveling there I rarely see it!! I haven’t been everywhere, so maybe others can correct me, but from what I have seen it seems that there are a few amazing gems of buildings with such fresh thinking that puts the US and Europe to shame, but the over all quality of everyday architecture and urbanism is horrific! In the united states, if 10 buildings are built in a city, all ten of them will not be masterpieces, but they will be of some design quality..someone actually thought about the design. They will probably be very boring and unoriginal, but they will be decent. From what I see in Latin America, if 10 buildings are built, 1 will be AMAZING and 9 will be HORRIFIC! I think that this is changing judging on the amount of young architects and the rate of development in this area of the world, but right now it seems like a lot of unskilled architects have a lot of money to play with in these countries. Thank you AD for picking the best to show us!!

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    waxman, I do agree with you, although, in Brazil at least, we are really limited by the fact that most of construction is undertaken by a speculative construction industry driven by engineers who´s only goal is profit without any consideration for urban or architectural quality. Also at times I feel that there aren´t enough quality architecture schools in Brazil, which can also under develop future architects. A clear example of this is the current state of Rio de Janeiro´s architecture, which in the 40´s, 50´s and 60´s concentrated the greatest architects in the country (all graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and now is quite inexpressive. Bernardes + Jacobsen is originally from Rio, but in the past years has been gradually moving to São Paulo which is now the booming center of architecture in Brazil, especially due to the Architects from the University of São Paulo. In essence I feel that, given the size of the country, there to be many more quality schools and less concentrated in few focal points.

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    francis, I am sorry if my comment seemed aggressive, it was not my intention. I guess I was just surprised at the fact that you didn´t know more of architecture from Brazil especially since you quoted Kenneth Frampton and his concept of Critical Regionalism, which uses the Brazilian modernist architects along with those of Finland, Japan… as examples. The works of Niemeyer, Lucio Costa, Affonso Reidy and others are considered representative of a period of the modern movement, after the second world war, in which several dogmas were loosened. Also representative of this is Le Corbusier´s Notre Dame du Haut, which, no doubt was influenced by his connection with the Brazilians architects and their works, specifically Oscar Niemeyer´s.

    As for B+J´s building, it is very beautiful but I don´t believe it´s a specifically significant one. It follows the firms language which, although evolving, is essentially that of Claudio Bernardes, who, along with Paulo Jacobsen, was the founding associate. In 2002 following Claudio´s death, Thiago, his son, became Paulo´s partner and ever since their architecture has been slowly becoming more formalist or expressionist (in some ways more similar to Niemeyer), but basically it has remained a result of constructive logic, which can be perceived in the quality of the details. All of this probably owes itself to the fact that the firm for the first many years worked almost exclusively with interior design, afterward expanding to residences (to this day most of their works are houses).

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    oh and waxman, the architecture coming from eastern europe is also very interesting.

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    a lot of interesting names here: www (dot) newitalianblood dot com (fwd slash) top10

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