Offset House / Shieh Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Shieh Arquitetos Associados
Location: ,
Architects In Charge: Leonardo Shieh & Shieh Shueh Yau
Project Team: Débora Zeppelini, Fabiana Almeida, Giovanna Plastina, Wellington Nagano
Structural Engineering: EMAC Projetos
Electrical & Hydraulic Engineering: CZN Engenharia
Site Area: 545 sqm
Project Area: 500 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Stankuns

Studio R / Studio MK27

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Architects: Studio MK27
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Co Architects: Gabriel Kogan, Oswaldo Pessano
Customized Furniture: Gabriel Kogan, Carolina Castroviejo
Project Team: Beatriz Meyer, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Eduardo Gurian, Elisa Friedmann, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Ruzante, Mariana Simas, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski, Renata Furlanetto
Collaborators: Fernando Falcon, Fabiana Cyon
Area: 373 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Metropolitan Train Station of Suzano Proposal / JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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The proposal for the future Metropolitan Train Station of Suzano, designed by JBMC Arquitetura e Urbanismo, will be developed in surface, in a place already occupied by the existing station, which will be deactivated after the new station starts operating. This project includes the main building of the station, which houses platforms and mezzanine, their accesses on both sides of the railways, bike rack, technical and operating room building, and water reservoirs. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hotel Spa NauRoyal / GCP Arquitetos

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Architects: GCP Arquitetos
Location: São Sebastião, São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Sérgio Coelho (author); Daniel Mariano (co-author)
Coordinator: Alessandra Araújo
Project Team: Adriana Oliveira, Sílvio Diar te, Nuno Almeida, Taís Miyake, Tomás Brunoro, Maurício Reverendo, Lucas Verone e Deise Paz
Project Area: 950 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Fidalga 800 Building / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados
Location: São Paulo, Brasil
Coordinator: Frederico Zara
Project Team: Luciana Maki, Marcelo Zahr, Denise Hino, Rodrigo Nogueira, Fernando Sunao, Humberto Buso, Tony Chen, Flora Fuji, Lucas Padovani, Rafael Costa, Caterina Chippari, Camila Benegas, Luciana Morais, Fernanda Jozsef, Maurício Metello, Maíra Cordeiro, Flávia Henriques, Natália Campos, Ana Júlia Sprovieri, Natasha Vilaça, Fernanda Duarte e João Faim
Project Area: 4,700 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Edifício Corujas Proposal / FGMF Arquitetos

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Designed by FGMF Arquitetos, the proposal for the Edifício Corujas, aims to create a more humane space to work, going against the traditional mirrored glass cubes located in regions of São Paulo, such as Avenida Faria Lima or Avenida Berrini. Designed using several sizes and formats, they create a horizontal solution. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Edifício Itaim Proposal / FGMF Arquitetos

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The proposal by FGMF Arquitetos for the Edifício Itaim consists of duplex and triplex apartments, between 882 and 1066 m2 in size. The plans act as a huge brise-soleil, shading the north façade and minimizing the impact of the west, where one has the best view. So, living rooms are fluid spaces open to landscape. Located in one of the most valued places in the city, the building also has a permanent view to the park in front and Morumbi. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Renova Energia Proposal / Sotero Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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Designed by Sotero Arquitetura e Urbanismo, their proposal for Renova Energia’s headquarters is a head office that interprets the general concepts of the company and invites residents to take part in this process. By exploring the production of wind energy in the state, the architects seek to meet the demands of the group. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Escola Senai Proposal / NPC Grupo Arquitetura

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Designed by NPC Grupo Arquitetura, their design for the Escola Senai is designed with the theme of an industrial technical school. Their concept has characteristics that associate concerns with the teaching program and industrial activities, which, while conflicting, complement each other. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Multipurpose Complex Proposal / FGMF Arquitetos

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Intending to create a new architectural reference for the region of , the Multipurpose Complex becomes a new destination in the city. Designed by FGMF Arquitetos, the building creates a landmark in the landscape through the uses of retail, office buildings, and modular offices. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Parque Burle Marx Proposal / De Fournier & Associados

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The proposal for the Parque Burle Marx offers a mix of offices, office and residential buildings, local commerce, and urban park, and an ecological station for conservation areas. Designed by De Fournier & Associados, the Faunal corridor, which will extend one of the most important biomes of , will comprise of volumes harmonically integrated to the morphology of the terrain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Loft in Itaim / FGMF Arquitetos

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Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Architects In Charge: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Collaborators: Ana Paula Barbosa, Marília Caetano
Team: Madalena Vidal
Project Area: 162 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fran Parente

Bic Banco Headquarters / Kiko Salomão

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Architects: Kiko Salomão
Location: São Paulo,
Project Team: , Ana Lino, Rafael Palombo, Renata Leite, André Almeida, Sophia Helena, Livia Reginato, Marília Franco, Renata Gola.
Project Area: 2,330 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Fran Parente

Brasilia Government Forges Controversial Contract with Singapore

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While known as the extraordinary city which Niemeyer built, Brasilia is not without its problems. As a recent BBC article noted, while Niemeyer’s architecture is certainly appreciated by its residents, the city itself (designed for the car) lacks a human-scale, mixed neighborhoods, and the vibrant street life which so defines Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo.  The city is in need of a face-lift, but who should be responsible for Brasilia’s new face?

Well, if the debates and arguments at the XXIV Pan American Congress of Architects (XXIV CPA), which took place this November, are anything to go by, it certainly should not be those who have just been given the job.

Brasilia’s Government has contracted consulting company Jurong, based in Singapore, with designing a new Masterplan known as “Brasilia Plan 2060.” The move, which was taken with no outside participation or input, was criticized (loudly) – not only by Brazilian architects and urban planners, but by the majority of American and European professionals present at the XXIV CPA.

More details on this controversial move, after the break…

Films & Architecture: “Oscar Niemeyer – Life is a Breath of Air”

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By now, there’s no architect in the world unaware of ’s passing, or the legacy he left over his 104 years.

In honor of the greatest Brazilian architect of our time, we invite you to enjoy this interesting documentary, which shows how Neimeyer’s work, which changed the paradigm of architecture and went beyond any stereotype, was just as unique as his noble perspective on life.

The Construction of Brasilia, Photos by Marcel Gautherot

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The construction of Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil and an icon of Brazilian Modernism, began in 1956. Initially planned by the urbanist for 500,000 inhabitants (today it holds 2.5 million), Brasilia gained fame for its remarkable buildings, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Today, Brasilia is the only 20th century city in the world to have been awarded the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

In honor of the late Oscar Niemeyer, we’ve gathered some stunning black and white photos taken by Franco-Brazilian photographer Marcel Gautherot during the construction of Niemeyer’s emblematic buildings – including the Palácio do Planalto, Palácio de Alvorada (official residence of the President of Brazil), the Cathedral of Brasilia and the National Congress of Brazil. See them all, after the break…

Sao Paulo’s New Green Urban Planning Policy

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The new Água Espraiada Operação Urbana program in has taken a major approach to sustainability. With this plan in action, the Rochaverá Corporate Towers, a high profile mixed residential, office, and shopping complex, is a great example. The recently built project is located at a former industrial area along the Pinheiros River Basin. This enormous 1.2-million-square-foot development, designed by Aflalo and Gasperini Architects, was built to be highly energy efficient, control water usage, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and ease traffic congestion. With the success of the mentioned project, we can begin to ask ourselves, ‘How can a development accomplish all of those objectives?’ Start with urban planning that mitigates sprawl, one of biggest threats to the planet today. More information after the break.

Guest House / doisamaisv arquitetos

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Architects: doisamaisv arquitetos
Location: , São Paulo, Brasil
Design Team: Fabiana Cyon, Ana Paula de Castro, Vito Macchione Ferreira
Area: 3,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fran Parente