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GPA&A Designs Floating Administrative Center for Belo Horizonte

Brazilian Firm GPA&A was unanimously chosen by a panel of judges to design the new Administrative Center for Belo Horizonte – the capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The judging commission selected the firm’s proposal because of its attention to accessibility, sustainability, and the quality of architectural and landscaping features. The transparent building features a bikeway leading to the top floor and is integrated with the metro and bus rapid transit systems. For more information and images, continue after the break.

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JG House / MPGARQUITETURA

  • Architects: MPGARQUITETURA
  • Location: Itaipava, Petrópolis - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Miguel Pinto Guimarães
  • Coordinator Architect: Renata Duhá
  • Architects Team : Vinicius Cesar
  • Area: 762.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

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AD Classics: São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo Bardi

When Lina Bo Bardi received the commission to build a new museum of art on São Paulo’s Terraço do Trianon, she was given the job under one condition: under no circumstances could the building block the site’s panoramic vistas of the lower-lying parts of the city. This rule, instituted by the local legislature, sought to protect what had become an important urban gathering space along Avenida Paulista, the city’s main financial and cultural artery. Undeterred, Bo Bardi came up with a solution that was simple and powerful. She designed a building with a massive split through its midsection, burying half of it below the terrace and lifting the other half into the sky. As a result, the plaza remained open and unobstructed, and in 1968, the iconic São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) was born.

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NSN House / Biselli Katchborian arquitetos

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Paulista Apartment / Triptyque

  • Architects: Triptyque
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Associates: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud Olivier Raffaelli
  • Area: 520.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Roberto Wagner

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Vale dos Cristais Residence / Anastasia Arquitetos

  • Architects: Anastasia Arquitetos
  • Location: Nova Lima - Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Collaborators: Tomás Anastasia Rebelo Horta, Johanna Lanna Anastasia Cardoso
  • Area: 690.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jomar Bragança

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Case Study: The Unspoken Rules of Favela Construction

"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

  • Architects: Triptyque
  • 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

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Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil's Acquario Ceará Aquarium

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

  • Architects: Estudio BRA arquitetura
  • 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

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ME House / Otta Albernaz Arquitetura

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House in Tatuí / Felipe Hsu e Lucas Bittar

  • 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

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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

This stadium design was based on the idea of creating a simple but highly efficient stadium which also makes reference to the special location, to the fascination and natural diversity of forms in the tropical rainforest. Designed for 44,400 spectators, the stadium is located at the central traffic axis that links the airport with the inner city. The new building was integrated into a sports park with Sambadrome, field and track facilities, multi-purpose halls and an aquatic center. The project was developed in cooperation with the gmp partner practice STADIA from São Paulo and the structural engineers schlaich bergermann und partner.

Freedom of the Press Monument / Gustavo Penna

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  • Architects: Gustavo Penna
  • 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

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

  • Architects: Castro Mello Arquitetos, gmp architekten, schlaich bergermann und partner
  • 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

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VIDEO: Marcio Kogan's Studio SC

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.

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

  • Architects: Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan, Diana Radomysler, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Mariana Ruzante
  • 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

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Through / Aleph Zero

  • Architects: Aleph Zero
  • 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

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