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Vila Taguai / Cristina Xavier Arquitetura

© Daniel Ducci
© Daniel Ducci
  • Architects: Cristina Xavier Arquitetura
  • Location: Carapicuíba - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team: Henrique Fina, Lucia Hashizume, João Xavier
  • Area: 1250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Daniel Ducci, Joao Xavier, Courtesy of Cristina Xavier - Photos of work, ITA - Prototype photos

© Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Joao Xavier

Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City's Slender Residential Tower

Nestled in São Paulo's bustling Vila Madalena neighbourhood in Brazil, the slim silhouette of AIR Madalena soars skyward from the street below. The elegant tower will be home to six lofts varying from 100 to 140 square metres, each with an open-air terrace and ample windows to maximize the panoramic views of São Paulo. Designed and built by São Paulo and Paris-based firm Triptyque and realized by the firm's high-end real estate wing IV, the slender building is promised to be completed within 24 months. 

Step inside AIR Madalena's elegant lofts after the break

Ground Floor Loft. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Upper Floor Loft with View of Retractable Wall. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Night View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque Aerrial View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque

Ramona / MM18 Arquitetos

  • Architects: MM18 Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Mila Strauss + Marcos Paulo Caldeira
  • Project Area: 358.9 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi

Marilia Project / SuperLimão Studio

  • Architects: SuperLimão Studio
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Architecture: SuperLimão Studio – Lula Gouveia, Thiago Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos Figueira de Mello, Sérgio Cabra
  • Project Area: 450.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Maira Acayaba

© Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 6, “The Pedreiro and the Master Planner”

The last episode of Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture series tells the story of Ricardo, an informal builder in Rocinha, Brazil’s largest favela. “A foreign architect would not get into this hole and dig. He would hire someone or would hire machines. But here in the favela, we are hands on,” he says in the episode. Ricardo has built over one hundred houses in Rocinha despite not having any formal training. Yet as Brazil prepares for the World Cup and the Olympic Games, life in Rocinha is changing. This 25-minute episode follows Ricardo as well as Luis Carlos Toledo, the architect behind the government’s regeneration of Rocinha, as the two seek to incorporate their solutions into the future of the country's favelas. 

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

Cachaça Museum / Jô Vasconcellos

  • Architects: Jô Vasconcellos
  • Location: Salinas - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Junia Mortimer

© Junia Mortimer © Junia Mortimer © Junia Mortimer © Junia Mortimer

Morumbi Residence / Monica Drucker

  • Architects: Monica Drucker
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Design Team: Fausto Chino
  • Project And Coordination: Drucker arquitetos associados
  • Area: 1033.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: João Ribeiro

© João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro © João Ribeiro

Torreão House / Bloco Arquitetos

  • Architects: Bloco Arquitetos
  • Location: Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Architects In Charge: Matheus Seco, Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami

Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

  • Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
  • Design Team: Milena Chieco, Flávia Castellan, Flávia Castellan, Joana Pini, Renata Adoni, Bruna Rizzi
  • Area: 667.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

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

Vila Madalena House / Drucker Arquitetura

  • Architects: Drucker Arquitetura
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Mônica Drucker
  • Design Team: Ruben Otero, Victor Minghini, Ignácio Errandonea
  • Area: 409.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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

North Classroom Block / CEPLAN

  • Architects: CEPLAN
  • Location: Universidade de Brasília - Brasília, Distrito Federal, 70910-900, Brasil
  • Authors: Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
  • Collaborators: Ana Carolina Caetano Alves
  • Project Area: 1265.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França

Canyons do Lago House / Mutabile Arquitetura

© Carlos Dias
© Carlos Dias
  • Architects: Mutabile Arquitetura
  • Location: Capitólio - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Design Team: Gabriel Souza, Isabel Brant, Priscila Musa
  • Area: 569.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Carlos Dias

© Carlos Dias © Carlos Dias © Carlos Dias © Carlos Dias

Cultural Warehouse for the Plínio Marcos School of Art and Culture / André Jost Mafra + Natasha Mendes Gabriel + Thaís Polydoro Ribeiro

  • Architects: André Jost Mafra, Natasha Mendes Gabriel, Thaís Polydoro Ribeiro
  • Location: Santos - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Area: 687.63 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França

New Mahle Distribution Center / LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

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

D&P Residence / Atelier Paralelo

  • Architects: Atelier Paralelo
  • Location: Brasília - Distrito Federal, Brasil
  • Author: Thiago de Andrade
  • Collaborators: Arquiteto Andrea Denza, Arquiteta Larissa Lessa, estagiárias Alice Menezes e Natália Costa
  • Project Area: 592.5 m2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França

Joinville House / UNA Arquitetos

  • Architects: UNA Arquitetos
  • Location: Joinville - Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
  • Design Team: Ana Paulo De Castro, José Carlos, Miguel Muralha, Jimmy Liendo, Sílio Almeida, Carolina Klocker, Marta Onofre
  • Area: 432.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Bebete Viégas

© Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas © Bebete Viégas