DLW House / Westphal + Kosciuk

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Architects: Westphal + Kosciuk
Location: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Project Area: 545,40 sqm
Project Year:  2011
Photographs: André Moecke

Ecletica Music Center / 0E1 Arquitetos

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Architects: 0E1 Arquitetos
Location: Nova Prata,
Project Team: Ana Cristina Castagna, Anna Carolina Manfroi, Gabriel Giambastiani, Mário Guidoux, Pablo Resende
Project Area: 62 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Ecletica Music Center
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

Convida Suape Masterplan / Broadway Malyan

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The masterplan vision for , a new city in North Eastern Brazil, designed by Broadway Malyan, was just launched by the practice’s client, Moura Dubeux Engineering and Cone S/A. A sustainable urban extension of the city of Cabo de Santo Agostinho near Recife, the capital city of the State of Pernambuco, Convida Suape will result in the transformation of a 470 hectare area to accommodate up to 100,000 inhabitants. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rio 2016 Olympic Park Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten

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Mecanoo Architecten  shared with us their design for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park, which will be the heart of the games. It was important to the architects to change the current paradigm, which opposes the real state logics to the public space quality, to a new one focused on the city’s sustainable development. Subdivided in programmatic bands in the direction north-south, the design is separated from each other by streets for cars and pedestrians. Therefore, this structure will determine the public character of the Olympic and Para-olympic Park, making it a vital part of the city, with lively public spaces and mixed-uses instead of a sectorized, monofunctional area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

VINCI Partners International Headquarters / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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With Brazil at the center of such current worldwide attention, renowned architecture firms have been flocking to the country for work; partly to be associated with the upcoming 2014 World Cup and/or 2016 Summer Olympics, but also because Brazil’s current economy allows for booming architectural possibilities. The new Leblon Offices for VINCI Partners in will be a historic first step for Richard Meier & Partners as their first architectural undertaking in South America, and it certainly lives up to the hype.

House In Praia Preta / Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados
Location: Praia Preta, Sao Sebastiao, São Paulo,
Floor Area: 715 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

House in Iporanga / Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados – Lua Nitsche, Pedro Nitsche, Renata Cupini, Suzana Barboza, Mariana Simas
Location: Iporanga, Guarujá, SP,
Total Area (including terraces): 554 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Oiticica Restaurant / Rizoma

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Architects: Rizoma - Thomaz Regatos, Maria Paz
Location: ,
Completion: 2010
Area: 768 sqm
Client: Inhotim
Design Team: Sara Fagundes e Inácio Luiz
Aproximate cost: $435,000
Construction time: 3 months
Photographs: Henrique Queiroga

Botanical Shop / Rizoma

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Architects: Rizoma - Maria Paz and Thomaz Regatos
Location: , Minas Gerais, Brasil
Collaborators: Inácio Luiz and Sara Fagundes
Client: Inhotim
Completed: 2011
Built Area: 198 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti 

Bookshop And Cafe / ArcFaggin

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Architects: ArcFaggin – Caio Faggin
Location: Alto da Boa Vista, Campos do Jordão SP, Brasil
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 242 sqm
Gross Area: 95m2 + 51m2(deck)
Collaborators: Carlos Faggin (Consultant), Vera Lopes Oliveira, Joana Saruê, Rodolfo Souto Maior, Rafael Vilela (Architects), Marina Masetti Faggin (Student)
Interiors: (Bokshop),Beth Freitas (Café)
Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

Hotel Aliah / Hiperstudio + Arkiz

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The Aliah Project, a hotel for a green World Cup, designed by Hiperstudio + Arkiz has been awarded as the winner of a competition organized by Aliah, a company which promotes sustainable development through practices and businesses that are profitable with a positive socio-environmental impact. A sustainable luxury hotel complex for the 2014 World Cup, their design serves as a model of sustainable architecture by disseminating innovative concepts that promote a green lifestyle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Renovation for a Two Storey House / Studio GGA

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Architects: Studio GGA
Location: Jardim América district, São Paulo,
Completion: 2012
Total Area: 145 sqm
Project Designers: Gianpaolo Granato, Pedro Domingues Silva, Leandro Gushiken, Edson Maruyama e Marcela Arone.
Photographs: Fran Parente

Global Holcim Awards 2012 Winners

1st prize - Courtesy of Diébédo Francis Kéré, Kéré Architecture

The winners of the Global Holcim Awards 2012 were recently announced which asked participants to design a project for a school in Gando, Burkina Faso, a community center in , , and a plan for urban renewal in Berlin, Germany. These outstanding sustainable construction projects were selected from 15 finalists by a panel of independent experts led by Enrique Norten. More images and information on the winning designs after the break.

Macro Terminal Francisco Bicalho / Lucas Ramos, Priscila Bellas, Thiago De Almeida

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The project for the Macro inter-modal Terminal in the middle of by Lucas Ramos, Priscila Bellas, and Thiago De Almeida seeks to create a new infrastructure to the city, which will create possibilities to transform an important axis of the city that nowadays is extremely undervalued and ignored into a new business center based in an efficient nodal point of different kinds of transport. In doing so, they chose to build a megastructure that possessed the ability to reorganize the different transport networks and their links with the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Roteiro Musical de Sao Paulo / Estudio Guto Requena + Atelier Marko Brajovic

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Architects: Estudio Guto Requena + Atelier Marko Brajovic
Location: 579 Luiz Dumont Villares Avenue, São Paulo,
Collaborators: Vinicius Capella, Alberto Gomez, Henrique Stabileand Paulo de Camargo
Installation Coordinator: Carmela Rocha
Visual Identity and Graphic Project: Estudia Design
Photographs: Fran Parente

Amelia Teles 315 / Smart

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Architecture: Smart
Location: Rua Amélia Teles 315, , RS, Brazil
Design Team: Ricardo Vellinho Ruschel, architect – author, Márcio Carvalho, architect – co-author, Carlos Eduardo Voegeli, civil engineer – co-author. Andressa Venturini and Matheus Silveira, INTERNS
Structural Project: Paulo Stumm
Lighting Design: Eduardo Becker
Construction Engineer: Carlos Lopes
Completion: 2010
Photographs: André Cavalheiro

CEDEI Nursery School / +K Arquitetos

entrance / © Damien Murat & Thiago Mendes

The CEDEI Nursery School, designed by +K Arquitetos, was conceived with urban dwelling in mind, and with a facade that resembles the manufacturing plants of the neighborhood where it is located. The separate buildings and spaces, each with its specific and exclusive purpose – administration, nursery, atelier, multiple use rooms, eatery and kitchen, etc – are interconnected by wide sidewalks, plazas and skywalks. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas : The Cost of the 2016 Olympic Games

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ArchDaily announced in October 2009 that will be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games, in addition to the 2014 World Cup.  Just last August, AECOM was awarded the bid for the design of the 2016 Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro (watch the video here).  As preparations for the administrative business of the games seems to be going smoothly, events on the ground say otherwise.  The planned Olympic Park will be located on the current site of a favela with a reported population of 4,000  (New York Times: Simon Romero) , known as Vila Autodromo and Riocinha, and those citizens are not satisfied with the prospects of being relocated under the edict of Imminent Domain to satisfy the Olympic Organizing Committee.

More on this story after the break.