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Guaeca House / AMZ Arquitetos

  • Architects: AMZ Arquitetos
  • Location: São Sebastião - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Pablo Alvarenga, Manoel Maia, Adriana Zampieri
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

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AL House / Studio Arthur Casas

  • Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
  • Location: Praia de São Conrado, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Arthur Casas, Marina Werfel, Regiane Khristian, Renata Adoni
  • Area: 485.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

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Itobi House / Apiacás Arquitetos

  • Architects: Apiacás Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Acácia Furuya, Anderson Freitas, Pedro Barros
  • Collaborators: Accácio Mello, Ana Lúcia Santana, Bárbara Francelin, Cibele Mion, Daniela Santana, Fábio Teruia, Francisco Veloso, Gabriela Campos, Leonor Vaz, Maria Wolf, Marcelo Otsuka, Otávio Filho, Pedro Parede
  • Project Area: 200.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico

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Alberto Seabra Project / Base 3 Arquitetos

  • Architects: Base 3 Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • Team: Catherine Otondo, Jorge Pessoa, Marina Grinover Equipe: Bhakta Krpa; Cadu Marino, Fernando Tulio, Juliana Barsi, Julie Trickett, Livia Marquez, Luis Imenes, Matheus Tonelli, Patricia Mieko, Paula Saad, Rebeca Grinspum, Thaís Marcussi
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photography: Pedro Vannucchi

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Salto House / AMZ Arquitetos

  • Architects: AMZ Arquitetos
  • Location: Salto - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Pablo Alvarenga, Manoel Maia, Adriana Zampieri
  • Area: 640.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

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Heliópolis Social Housing / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos

  • Architects: Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge: Mario Biselli, Artur Katchborian
  • Area: 31330.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Nelson Kon

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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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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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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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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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