Uruguai Station / JBMC ARCHITECTS

© Nelson Kon

Architects: JBMC ARCHITECTS
Location: Tijuca, , Brazil
: Beatriz Pimenta Corrêa, Cecilia Pires, Cynthia Melo, Emiliano Homrich, Frederico Freitas, Gabriela Assis, João Batista Martinez Corrêa, Pedro Câmara and Sandra Morikawa
Jbmc : Caio D´Alfonso, Carina Oshita, Diogo Luz, Mariana Nito, Nara Borges and Raffaella Yacar
Area: 13774.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Four Houses in Baleia / Studio Arthur Casas

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Baleia – Praia da Baleia, , Brazil
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
Area: 2340.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Vila Campo Belo House / DT Estúdio

© Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio

Architects: DT Estúdio
Location: , Brazil
Architect In Charge: Luis Felipe Bernardini, Thais Aquino Alves da Cunha, Marcelo Mesquita Nunes
Area: 110.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Carolina Ribeiro / Revoada Estúdio

João Ferreira House / taO Arquitetura

© Joana França

Architects: taO Arquitetura
Location: Brasília, Distrito Federal – Brasil
Project Architect: Paulo Henrique Paranhos
Collaborators: Eder Alencar, Ana Carolina Vaz
Project Area: 880.0 m2
Project Year: 2006
Photography: Joana França

Guaeca House / AMZ Arquitetos

© Maíra Acayaba

Architects: AMZ Arquitetos
Location: – São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Pablo Alvarenga, Manoel Maia, Adriana Zampieri
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

BOX 298 Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados
Location: Vila Madalena, , Brasil
Project Architects: Vinicius Andrade, Marcelo Morettin
Coordinators: Marcelo Maia Rosa, Renata Andrulis
Collaborators: Marcio Tanaka, Ricardo Gusmão, Guido Otero, Beatriz Vanzolini
Project Area: 5600.0 m2
Project Year: 2009
Photography: Nelson Kon

Itobi House / Apiacás Arquitetos

© Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico

Architects: Apiacás Arquitetos
Location: , 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
Photographs: Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico

AL House / Studio Arthur Casas

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

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

OZ House / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados
Location: São Roque – São Paulo, Brasil
Team: Arquitetos
Collaborators: Ricardo Gusmão, Carlos Eduardo Miller, Fabio Ucella, Flora Fujii
Project Area: 180.0 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Nelson Kon

Salto House / AMZ Arquitetos

© Maíra Acayaba

Architects: AMZ Arquitetos
Location: , Brazil
Architect In Charge: Pablo Alvarenga, Manoel Maia, Adriana Zampieri
Area: 640.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

Heliópolis Social Housing / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo – São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Mario Biselli, Artur Katchborian
Area: 31330.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Kon

GPA&A Designs Floating Administrative Center for Belo Horizonte

Courtesy of Gustavo Penna

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.

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

© Pedro Kok

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 Museum of Art (MASP) was born.

JG House / MPGARQUITETURA

© Leonardo Finotti

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

NSN House / Biselli Katchborian arquitetos

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Biselli Katchborian arquitetos
Location: – Parana,
Architect In Charge: Mario Biselli, Artur Katchborian
Area: 460.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Paulista Apartment / Triptyque

© Robert Wagner

Architects: Triptyque
Location: ,
Associates: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud Olivier Raffaelli
Area: 520.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Robert Wagner

Vale dos Cristais Residence / Anastasia Arquitetos

© Jomar Bragança

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

Case Study: The Unspoken Rules of Favela Construction

© Solène Veysseyre

“Building a house takes time and money,“ said Marcio, a local resident of Complexo do Alemão, one of ’s numerous , 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?