Case Study: The Unspoken Rules of Favela Construction

01:00 - 3 August, 2014
Case Study: The Unspoken Rules of Favela Construction, © Solène Veysseyre
© Solène Veysseyre

"Building a house takes time and money,“ said Marcio, a local resident of Complexo do Alemão, one of Rio de Janeiro’s numerous favelas, as he showed me around his house. This is why a house is often built over several generations: a floor may be laid, columns erected (rebar protruding), and a thin tin roof placed, but this is just to mark where the next builder should finish the job. "Constructing a roof with tiles is not a sign of wealth here — rather, it means that there’s not enough money to continue constructing the house,” explains Manoe Ruhe, a Dutch urban planner who has lived in the favela for the last six months.

An architect who has always been fascinated by the way people live, I had come to do a residency at Barraco # 55, a cultural center in Complexo do Alemão, in order to learn how its citizens went about building their communities. I had many questions: are there rules of construction? What are the common characteristics of each house? Do they follow the same typology? How are the interiors of the homes? What construction techniques and what materials are used?

Milbank / Triptyque

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
Milbank / Triptyque, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Colômbia, 325 - Jardim Paulista, São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Vitoria Ferraz e Manuela Coelho
  • Partners

    Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +26

Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium

00:00 - 31 July, 2014
Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium, Courtesy of Zahner
Courtesy of Zahner

The Brazilian coastal city of Fortaleza, one of the host cities for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, will soon be home to one of the world's largest aquariums. Designed by Leonardo Fontanelle (Imagic Brasil), Acquire Ceará is projected to be the third largest building of its type and is intended to provide a lasting beacon for tourism in the area. Zahner, a US company known for their ability to design and create complex façades (including the Petersen Automotive Museum by Kohn Pedersen Fox) have been tasked with constructing twenty three curving "legs" which support the structure of "the Manta and Sea Urchin-shaped roof surface". Zahner's President, William Zahner, believes that "this is perhaps the most intricate building ever constructed in the Americas."

See Zahner's prototype and images of the aquarium after the break.

Sorocaba House / Estudio BRA arquitetura

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
Sorocaba House / Estudio BRA arquitetura, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sorocaba - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Authors

    André Di Gregorio e Rodrigo Maçonilio
  • Collaborators

    Henrique Menezes (arquiteto) e Beatriz Rocha (estudante
  • Project Area

    127.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photography

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +20

ME House / Otta Albernaz Arquitetura

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
ME House / Otta Albernaz Arquitetura, © Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz
© Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz

© Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz © Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz © Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz © Eduardo Simabuguro Albernaz +29

House in Tatuí / Felipe Hsu e Lucas Bittar

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
House in Tatuí / Felipe Hsu e Lucas Bittar, © Pedro Kok
© Pedro Kok
  • Architects

    Felipe Hsu e Lucas Bittar
  • Location

    Tatuí - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Collaborator

    Pedro Fernandes de Bona
  • Project Area

    287.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok +10

From the architect. A monolithic volume with a void in the center - a patio that bathes the interior of the building with natural light, organizing the intimate and social spaces of the residence.

Arena da Amazônia / gmp architekten

01:00 - 24 July, 2014
© Marcus Bredt
© Marcus Bredt
  • Architects

  • Location

    Arena da Amazônia, Manaus - Amazonas, 69050-010, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Martin Glass
  • Director of gmp do Brazil

    Ralf Amann
  • Project management

    Martin Glass, Maike Carlsen
  • Project management in Brazil

    Burkhard Pick, Sander-Christiaan Troost
  • Team members

    Sophie-Charlotte Altrock, Felipe Bellani, Lena Brögger, Claudia Chiappini, Lieselotte Decker, Barbara Düring, Stephanie Eichelmann, Konstanze Erbe, Silke Flaßnöcker, Priscila Lima da Silva Giersdorf, Elke Glass, Ruthie Gould, Jacqueline Gregorius, Claudio Aceituno Husch, Fa- bian Kirchner, Juliana Kleba-Rizental, Jochen Köhn, Martin Krebes, Helge Lezius, Veit Lieneweg, Ausias Lobatón Ortega, Guilherme Maia, Rodrigo Math- ias Duro Teixeira, Lucia Martinez Rodriguez, Adel Motamedi , Dirk Müller, Dirk Peissl, Ivanka Percovic, Camila Preve, Nicolai Reich, Stefan Saß, Florian Schwarthoff, Fariborz Rahimi, Sara Taberner Bonastre, Sonia Taborda, An- guelica Larocca Troost, Katerine Witte
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt +20

Freedom of the Press Monument / Gustavo Penna

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
© Casa Digital
© Casa Digital
  • Architects

  • Location

    Praça Central - Paranoá, Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Alexandre Bragança, Augustin de Tugny, Fernando Arruda Guillen, Norberto Bambozzi
  • Trainees

    Alessandra Valadares, Carolina Soares, Luiza Martini, Paulo Menicucci, Priscila Dias de Araújo, Roberta Vasconcellos
  • Total Area

    42.000m 2
  • Area

    7000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2000
  • Photographs

© Casa Digital © Casa Digital Old Image. Image © Casa Digital © Casa Digital +18

Brasilia National Stadium / Castro Mello Arquitetos with gmp architekten + schlaich bergermann und partner

01:00 - 21 July, 2014
Brasilia National Stadium / Castro Mello Arquitetos with gmp architekten + schlaich bergermann und partner, © Marcus Bredt
© Marcus Bredt
  • Architects

  • Location

    National Stadium of Brazil Mane Garrincha - Brasilia, Federal District, 70070-701, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Knut Göppert
  • Project Manager

    Martin Glass
  • Project Manager Brazil

    Robert Hormes
  • Director of gmp do Brazil

    Ralf Amann
  • Team members

    Ante Bagaric, Holger Betz, Rebecca Born- hauser, Carsten Borucki, Lena Brögger, Martina Maurer-Brusius, Kacarzyna Ciruk, Laura Cruz Lima da Silva, Stefanie Eichelmann, Ruthie Gould, Florian Illenberger, Jochen Köhn, Martin Krebes, Helge Lezius, Tobias Mäscher, Adel Motamedi, Burkhard Pick, Jutta Rentsch Serpa, Lucia Martinez Rodriguez, Maryna Samolyuk, Florian Schwarthoff, Sara Taberner Bonastre
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt © Marcus Bredt +18

VIDEO: Marcio Kogan's Studio SC

00:00 - 20 July, 2014

Textures and Ants is one of five videos on display by Studio MK27 at the Palazzo Mora as part of the "Time Space Existence" exhibition, running parallel to the Venice Biennale.

Produced by Pedro Kok and Gabriel Kogan, the video shows Studio SC, a photography studio based in São Paulo and designed by Marcio Kogan.

Cultura Bookstore / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Diana Radomysler + Luciana Antunes + Marcio Tanaka + Mariana Ruzante

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Cultura Bookstore / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Diana Radomysler + Luciana Antunes + Marcio Tanaka + Mariana Ruzante, © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Marcio Kogan
  • Co-Architects

    Diana Radomysler . Luciana Antunes . Marcio Tanaka . Mariana Ruzante
  • Project Team

    Carlos Costa . Eline Ostyn . Laura Guedes . Maria Cristina Motta . Mariana Simas . Regiane Leão
  • Studio Team

    Beatriz Meyer . Carolina Castroviejo . Eduardo Chalabi . Eduardo Glycerio . Eduardo Gurian . Elisa Friedmann . Gabriel Kogan . Lair Reis . Oswaldo Pessano . Renata Furlanetto . Samanta Cafardo . Suzana Glogowski
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG +66

Through / Aleph Zero

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Through / Aleph Zero, Courtesy of Aleph Zero
Courtesy of Aleph Zero
  • Architects

  • Location

    Oscar Niemeyer Museum - Centro Cívico, Matriz, Curitiba - Parana, 80530-230, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Gustavo Utrabo, Pedro Duschenes
  • Design Team

    Ana Júlia Filipe, Bárbara Zandavali, Maguelonne Gorioux, Felipe Gomes, Severine Bogers.
  • Videos

    Felipe Gomes
  • Area

    105.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Aleph Zero

Courtesy of Aleph Zero Courtesy of Aleph Zero Courtesy of Aleph Zero Courtesy of Aleph Zero +14

Nova Lima House / S+A Brazil

01:00 - 15 July, 2014
Nova Lima House / S+A Brazil, © Rafael Carrieri
© Rafael Carrieri
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nova Lima - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Interior Design

    Piantina Architecture
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Rafael Carrieri © Rafael Carrieri © Rafael Carrieri © Rafael Carrieri +18

Showroom Eurobike - Porsche / 1:1 arquitetura:design

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
© Cesar Edgard
© Cesar Edgard
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Eduardo Sáinz Márquez, Lilian Glayna
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Cesar Edgard © Cesar Edgard © Cesar Edgard © Cesar Edgard +24

FS House / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

01:00 - 27 June, 2014
FS House / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon
  • Architects

  • Location

    Avaré - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Vinicius Andrade, Marcelo Morettin
  • Design Team

    Marcelo Maia Rosa, Merten Nefs, Renata Andrulis, Thiago Natal Duarte
  • Project Coordinators

    Marina Mermelstein, Marcio Tanaka
  • Area

    1045.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon +22

AD Round Up: Architecture in Brazil II

00:00 - 27 June, 2014
AD Round Up: Architecture in Brazil II, Adriana Varejão Gallery / Tacoa Arquitetos. Image © Eduardo Eckenfels
Adriana Varejão Gallery / Tacoa Arquitetos. Image © Eduardo Eckenfels

World Cup coverage has brought Brazil to the forefront of the public’s attention. While the country’s hasty construction of 12 massive stadiums has received criticism, this article from Christopher Hawthorne at the LA Times reveals that Brazil is, now more than ever, a hotbed of architectural progress. In light of this, we’ve compiled some of our favorite works from this year’s World Cup host country, including: Tacoa ArquitetosAdriana Varejão Gallery, JPGN House by Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira, a welcome center by Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos, and Um House by Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados.  Also included is the 360° Building by Isay Weinfeld, Galeria House by MACh Arquitetos, Ipes House by Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis, a night club by Muti Randolph + Marcelo Pontes + Zemel + Chalabi Arquitetos, and NITSCHE ARQUITETOSBernard Luis housing condominium.  Enjoy!

Linx Hotel International Airport Galeão / OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Linx Hotel International Airport Galeão / OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro/Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) - Avenida Vinte de Janeiro, s/n° - Galeão, Ilha do Governador, Rio - Rio de Janeiro, 21941-570, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Carolina Souza Pinto, Lucas Obino, Cristiano Selbach Carneiro
  • Project Team

    André Fauri, Carlota Vázquez, Erika Hartmann, Franco Miotto, Gelson Saldanha, Louise Serraglio, Luísa Dornelles, Roberto Flores, Stefânia Pilz
  • Project Area

    7528.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photography

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi +52

Aberto Studio / AR Arquitetos

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
Aberto Studio / AR Arquitetos, © Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba
  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects

    Marina Acayaba, Juan Pablo Rosenberg
  • Collaborator

    Paloma Delgado
  • Project Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

© Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba © Maíra Acayaba +22