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Redux House / Studiomk27- Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo

  • Architects: Studiomk27 - Marcio Kogan + Samanta Cafardo
  • Location: Bragança Paulista - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Marcio Kogan
  • Co-architect : Samanta Cafardo
  • Design Team: Beatriz Meyer, Carlos Costa, Laura Guedes, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Suzana Glogowski, Henrique Bustamante
  • Studio Team : Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Maria Cristina Motta, Renata Furlanetto
  • Interior Design: Diana Radomysler
  • Area: 679.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Jaragua Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Blau Projects Gallery / ARKIZ

  • Architects: ARKIZ
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Alexandre Hepner, João Paulo Payar, Rafael Brych, Ana Maria Montag
  • Contributor: Veronica Vacaro
  • Area: 2475.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Marcus Vinicius Damon

© Marcus Vinicius Damon © Marcus Vinicius Damon © Marcus Vinicius Damon © Marcus Vinicius Damon

Cultural Center Univates / Tartan Arquitetura e Urbanismo

© Estúdio Objetivo © Estúdio Objetivo © Estúdio Objetivo © Estúdio Objetivo

Spotlight: Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Courtesy of the Paulo Mendes da Rocha archive
Courtesy of the Paulo Mendes da Rocha archive

"All space must be attached to a value, to a public dimension. There is no private space. The only private space that you can imagine is the human mind." - Paulo Mendes da Rocha, May 26, 2004

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is one of Brazil's greatest architects and urbanists. Born in Vitória, Espírito Santo in 1928, Mendes da Rocha won the 2006 Pritzker Prize, and is one of the most representative architects of the Brazilian Paulista School, also known as "Paulista Brutalism" that utilizes more geometric lines, rougher finishes and bulkier massing than other Brazilian Modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer.

Iberê Camargo Foundation: Standards and Variations

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

It could have been a rectangular prism whose length measures forty-one meters and a half, whose width measures thirty-three meters, and whose height measures twenty-five meters. It could have been, if the projection had ended in the trace of a pure rule. It could have been almost the same: three elevated plans, each formed by three rectangular exhibitions rooms, placed at two consecutive faces and connected by ramps that run on the two other faces. Then, a four-story-high atrium rises between circulations and rooms, creating a diagonal symmetry inside the building.

OSPA Wins Competition to Design Brazilian Sports Campus in Canoas

OSPA Architecture and Urbanism has won a national competition for the new UFCSPA (Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre) Campus Igara in Canoas, Brazil. The goal of the sports campus is to integrate itself within the community so it may serve as both a public institution and a public space. You can learn more about the winning scheme, after the break.

© OSPA Architecture and Urbanism © OSPA Architecture and Urbanism © OSPA Architecture and Urbanism © OSPA Architecture and Urbanism

Subtle Modernization of 1950´s Apartment in São Paulo / 23SUL Arquitetura

  • Architects: 23SUL Arquitetura
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Pedro Kok

© Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok © Pedro Kok

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

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

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…

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