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This Brazilian House Uses Different Materials as an Extension of the Surrounding Arid Landscape

14:00 - 19 March, 2017
This Brazilian House Uses Different Materials as an Extension of the Surrounding Arid Landscape , © Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

This article is part of our new series "Material in Focus", where we ask architects to share with us their creative process through the choice of materials that define important parts of the construction of their buildings.

The architecture of Casa 28 shows itself as an extension of the arid and exuberant landscape of the Cerrado. A variety of perspectives unfolds as you walk through the house. A family looking for tranquility and connection with nature commissioned this urban refuge located 10 minutes from the National Congress in Brasilia. The elements have different heights that confirm a spatial hierarchy. Extensive walls, coated with polymeric mortar, define fluid spaces and openings placed in all directions integrate cohabitating areas. We talked with architect Samuel Lamas from Equipe Lamas to learn more about the choices of materials used in the project and the influence these choices had on the design concept. Read the interview below:

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami +22

Casa Clara / 1:1 Arquitetura Design

11:00 - 16 March, 2017
Casa Clara / 1:1 Arquitetura Design, © Edgard Cesar
© Edgard Cesar

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Authors

    Eduardo Sáinz, Lilian Glayna
  • Area

    123.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Spotlight: Lúcio Costa

11:30 - 27 February, 2017
Spotlight: Lúcio Costa, The monumental axis central to Costa's plan. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monumental_axis.jpg'>Wikimedia user Limongi</a> Licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY 3.0</a>
The monumental axis central to Costa's plan. Image © Wikimedia user Limongi Licensed under CC BY 3.0

Brazilian planner, preservationist and modernist thinker Lúcio Costa  (27 Feburary 1902 – 13 June 1998) is best known for his 1957 plan of Brasília that shaped the Brazilian capital into a monument to utopian modernism. A resolute and often controversial figure in the Brazilian establishment, Costa’s contributions to Brazilian architecture helped to shape the distinctive modernism that was practically Brazil’s official style until the 1980s.

The original pilot plan. Image Courtesy of O Espaço Lúcio Costa © Imagens AMB The monumental axis central to Costa's plan. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Monumental_axis.jpg'>Wikimedia user Limongi</a> Licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY 3.0</a> The Asa Sul district of Brasília. Image Courtesy of Portal da Copa +8

Osler House / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Suzana Glogowski

09:00 - 27 February, 2017
Osler House / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Suzana Glogowski, © Pedro Vannucchi
© Pedro Vannucchi

© Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi © Pedro Vannucchi +29

The Brazilian House - Six 1 Eight 8 / Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

13:00 - 28 January, 2017
The Brazilian House - Six 1 Eight 8 / Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França +33

5 Monuments to Progress

04:00 - 28 December, 2016
5 Monuments to Progress, Space Needle / John Graham & Company. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia user Rattlhed (Public Domain)
Space Needle / John Graham & Company. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia user Rattlhed (Public Domain)

Buildings, perhaps unlike any other art form or edifice, have a capacity to influence or become part of a place's cultural identity and history. Defining an architectural monument is, however, an ambiguous exercise – most of their ilk only reach this status years after completion. AD Classics are ArchDaily's continually updated collection of longer-form building studies of the world's most significant architectural projects. Here we've assembled five structures and buildings which, often aside from original intentions, embody that most ephemeral feeling: a sense of progress.

House 28 / Equipe Lamas

09:00 - 16 December, 2016
House 28 / Equipe Lamas, © Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Smdb Conjunto 28 - Lago Sul, Brasília - DF, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Samuel Lamas
  • Design Team

    Samuel Lamas, Ruy Lamas, Anderson Magallães
  • Area

    850.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Grid House / BLOCO Arquitetos

09:00 - 23 November, 2016
Grid House / BLOCO Arquitetos, © Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília - Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
  • Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    Haruo Mikami , Courtesy of BLOCO Arquitetos, Courtesy of Unknown

MA Apartment / Estúdio MRGB

15:00 - 1 November, 2016

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília - Brasilia, Federal District, Brasil
  • Area

    140.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

National Cities Confederation / Mira arquitetos

10:00 - 5 October, 2016
National Cities Confederation / Mira arquitetos, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília - Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil
  • Authors

    Luís Eduardo Loiola, Maria Cristina Motta
  • Collaborators

    Ana Carolina Sumares, Luís Felipe da Conceição, Marcelo Ribas, Luisa Leme Simoni, Gabriela Lira Dalsecco
  • Area

    10488.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Brasília by Rem Koolhaas

09:30 - 29 August, 2016
Brasília by Rem Koolhaas

This essay was written by Rem Koolhaas on the occasion of his first trip to Brasília in August of 2011, and has since remained unpublished. Revista Centro (an online Brazilian magazine about architecture, urban studies, art & social science) has now published it in two versions (English and Portuguese) translated directly from its original language, Dutch. In addition to offering his first impressions about the modern Brazilian capital, Rem also emphasizes an autobiographical narrative about the origins of his relation with architecture.

Material Focus: House in Lago Sul Qi 25 by Sérgio Parada Arquitetos Associados

07:00 - 24 August, 2016
Material Focus: House in Lago Sul Qi 25 by Sérgio Parada Arquitetos Associados, © Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

This article is part of our new "Material Focus" series, which asks architects to elaborate on the thought process behind their material choices and sheds light on the steps required to get a building constructed.

The House in Lago Sur Qi 25 was designed by  Sérgio Parada Arquitetos Associados firm. The project is 800 square meters and the layout is organized into 3 floors. Their volumes were defined by their use: intimate, service, formal and leisure. The project’s structure is completely made up of reinforced concrete with large openings that allow for complete integration of the exterior with the interior. We talked with the architect Rodrigo Biavati to learn more about the material choices and challenges of the project.

Cubes House / Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo

13:00 - 26 June, 2016
Cubes House  / Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo, © manufatura creative
© manufatura creative

© manufatura creative © manufatura creative © manufatura creative © manufatura creative +38

Carrara House / Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo

11:00 - 24 June, 2016
Carrara House  / Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo, © manufatura creative
© manufatura creative

© manufatura creative © manufatura creative © manufatura creative © manufatura creative +24

House in Lago Sul Qi 25 / Sérgio Parada Arquitetos Associados

13:00 - 2 June, 2016
House in Lago Sul Qi 25 / Sérgio Parada Arquitetos Associados, © Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lago Sul, Brasília - DF, Brazil
  • Design Team

    Sérgio Roberto Parada, Rodrigo Biavati, Rodrigo Marar, Rafael Moura (colaborador)
  • Landscape

    Quinta Arquitetura, Design e Paisagismo
  • Area

    808.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Jones House / Patricia Almeida Arquitetura

11:00 - 31 May, 2016
Jones House  / Patricia Almeida Arquitetura, © Edgard César
© Edgard César

© Edgard César © Edgard César © Edgard César © Edgard César +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasília - Brasilia, Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Architect in Charge

    Patricia Almeida Arquitetura
  • Area

    640.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

C/Z House / SAMI-arquitectos

03:00 - 6 April, 2016
C/Z House / SAMI-arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    S.Roque do Pico, Portugal
  • Architecture

    Inês Vieira da Silva. Miguel Vieira /SAMI-arquitectos
  • Team

    João do Vale Martins, Inês Martins, Daniel Mentech
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Studio Gang to Design New US Embassy in Brasília

14:45 - 8 March, 2016
Studio Gang to Design New US Embassy in Brasília, National Congress; Brasília / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Flickr User may_inthesky
National Congress; Brasília / Oscar Niemeyer. Image © Flickr User may_inthesky

Studio Gang Architects has been chosen by the Department of State to design the new US Embassy compound in Brasília Brazil's federal capital. Selected from a shortlist of six, the Jeanne Gang-led practice won the commission with their "strong and cohesive team approach with more than 20 years of collaborative experience executing projects with complex constraints at challenging sites," says the report.