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Happy Birthday Lina Bo Bardi!

“Architecture is created, 'invented anew,' by each man who attempts her, who roams her space, climbs a stair, rests on a balustrade, lifts his head to look, open, close a door, who sits down or gets up and makes intimate contact with - and at the same time create 'forms' in - the space [...] This intimate, fiery, contact, that which was perceived by man at the beginning, is today forgotten. Routine and communal places made man forget the natural beauty of "moving in space," of his conscious movement, of those little gestures…” -- Lina Bo Bardi

We're celebrating the life and work of renowned Italian-Brazilian architect, Lina Bo Bardi, who would have turned 99 today. 

Discover more about this icon and proponent of humanist modern architecture, after the break...

A Year Without Oscar

It's been exactly one year since the world first mourned the passing of a great master of 20th century architecture: Oscar Niemeyer. 

After 104 years of life, the renowned architect left a profound legacy. His works  - known for their impressive curves, embrace of  light, and profound relationship to their surroundings - made him an icon. Not just in Brazil, but the world.

M&M Residence / Bonina Arquitetura

  • Architects: Bonina Arquitetura
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Team: Mauricio Takahashi (autor), Denise Hino, Rosa Fumie Satomi e Ana Paula Nemoto
  • Project Area: 318.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photography: Tony Chen

© Tony Chen © Tony Chen © Tony Chen © Tony Chen

RedBull Station Sao Paulo / Triptyque

© Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok
  • Architects: Triptyque
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • Partners: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Olivier Rafaëlli e Guillaume Sibaud
  • General Coordinator: Luiz Trindade
  • Project Manager: Paulo Adolfo Martins
  • Team: Pedro de Mattos Ferraz (arquiteto). Colaboradores: Thiago Bicas, Ricardo Innecco (arquitetos); Luísa Vicentini, Sofia Saleme, Priscila Fialho, Murillo Fantinati, Natallia Shiroma, Nely Silveira (estagiários).
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Pedro Kok, Courtesy of Triptyque

Courtesy of Triptyque Courtesy of Triptyque Courtesy of Triptyque © Pedro Kok

House in the Hills / Architectare

  • Architects: Architectare
  • Location: Itaipava - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Flavia Quintanilha e Rodrigo Fernandes
  • Area: 704.0 m2
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Arena Pernambuco / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

  • Architects: Fernandes Arquitetos Associados
  • Location: Itaipava Arena Pernambuco - BR 408, São Lourenço da Mata - Pernambuco, Brasil
  • Architect In Charge: Daniel Hopf Fernandes
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Lanik do Brasil

Hoff Residence / Ramella Arquitetura

  • Architects:
  • Location: Xangri-lá - Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
  • Team: Blacio Ruivo Junior, Carlos Ramella, Larissa Ramella
  • Collaborator: Matheus Letiere
  • Area: 220.0 m2
  • Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi

Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium – Maracanã / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

  • Architects: Fernandes Arquitetos Associados
  • Location: Maracanã - Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, 20271-150, Brasil
  • Architect In Charge: Daniel Hopf Fernandes
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Erica Ramalho, Courtesy of Fernandes Arquitetos Associados, Marcelo Santos

Courtesy of Fernandes Arquitetos Associados Courtesy of Fernandes Arquitetos Associados © Erica Ramalho © Erica Ramalho

CT House / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura

  • Architects: Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
  • Location: Bragança Paulista - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Architects In Charge: Paulo Jacobsen e Bernardo Jacobsen
  • Coordination: Jaime Cunha Jr
  • Team: Edgar Murata, Ricardo Luna, Valesca Daólio, Débora Silveira Stefanelli
  • Interior Design: Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
  • Interior Author: Eza Viegas
  • Project Area: 1655 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

An Architect's Journey to Brazil

Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Pedregulho Housing (1950-52). Image © John Hartmann
Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Pedregulho Housing (1950-52). Image © John Hartmann

When I was student in New York City, I would often spend hours thumbing through the titles of books at the Strand Bookstore.  One day I came across Latin American Architecture Since 1945. The black and white book, written by Henry-Russell Hitchcock in 1955, showed a world of precise modernism. The buildings, situated in a tropical climate, set atop pilotis with gardens flowing in and under them, with brise soleils filtering the strong equatorial light, were perfect. I often would stare into the pages and attempt to create similar projects on my drafting board.  

Fifteen years later, on a journey to Brazil, I sought out the projects that were indelibly written into my memory.  I expected, or hoped, to find them as they were on the pages. But what I found instead are buildings that are used and worn, showing age like the yellowing pages of the book itself. Despite this, the buildings were very much alive. Children were kicking a ball around in the housing bar and patients were still healing in Neimeyer’s hospital. These projects were not the crisp sun drenched modernism of my imagination, but they exceeded my expectation with an unexpected vibrance.

Restaurante Deliqatê / FGMF Arquitetos

© Rafaela Netto
© Rafaela Netto
  • Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • Authors: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
  • Collaborators: Ana Paula Barbosa, Marilia Caetano, Sonia Gouveia
  • Project Architects: Carolina Matsumoto, Juliana Fernandes, Raquel Engelsman
  • Interns: Felipe Bueno, Gabriel Mota, Gabriela Eberhardt, Patrícia Kupper, Rodrigo de Moura
  • Area: 275.0 m2
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Rafaela Netto

© Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto

Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE) / Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Keep an eye out, or you might miss the Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (a.k.a. MuBE, pronounced MOO-bee). Widely considered the masterpiece of Pritzker Prize-winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the building was in fact born out of the desire to have no building at all. When in the 1980s an empty lot in Sao Paulo's mansion-laden Jardins district was slated to become a shopping mall, wealthy residents successfully lobbied to create a public square instead. To sweeten the deal and ensure the land stayed commercial-free, they hired Mendes de Rocha to create MuBE. Completed in 1995, the 7000-sq-meter museum hunkers down beneath ground level, thus preserving what in Sao Paulo is that rarest of luxuries: a public green space.

Fernando Jaeger Store / SuperLimão Studio

  • Architects: SuperLimão Studio
  • Location: Rua Padre Chico, 552 - Perdizes, São Paulo, 05008-010, Brazil
  • : SAPU
  • Lighting: LDArti
  • Old House Structure Project: Ricardo Zulkes e SuperLimão Studio
  • Project Area: 605 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba

360° Building / Isay Weinfeld

  • Architects: Isay Weinfeld
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Project Manager: Elena Scarabotolo
  • Design Team: Gabriel Bicudo, Manoel Maia
  • Area: 2797.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: FG+SG

© FG+SG © FG+SG © FG+SG © FG+SG

Boutique Las Chicas / GUIV Arquitetura

© Gabriel Castro
© Gabriel Castro
  • Architects: GUIV Arquitetura
  • Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Guilherme de Vasconcelos
  • Building Company: Gilberto Lacerda & Cia
  • Area: 130.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Gabriel Castro

© Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro © Gabriel Castro

Box House / 1:1 arquitetura:design

  • Architects: 1:1 arquitetura:design
  • Location: Lago Sul, Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Arquitetos Responsáveis: Eduardo Sáinz Márquez, Lilian Glayna
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Edgard Cesar

© Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar

Planalto House / Flavio Castro

© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon
  • Architects: Flavio Castro
  • Location: Planalto Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team: Jennifer Andrade, Claudia Reis
  • Area: 800.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

Padarie / CRIO arquiteturas

© Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi
  • Architects: CRIO arquiteturas
  • Location: Rua Tenente Coronel Fabrício Pilar, 822 - Mont'serrat, Porto Alegre - Rio Grande do Sul, 90450-040, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Bernardo de Magalhães, Lívia Fonseca
  • Area: 250 sqm
  • Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi