AECOM Wins International Competition for Master Plan of Rio 2016 Olympic Park


AECOM has just been announced as the winning firm for the international competition held for the master plan design of Rio 2016 Olympic Park. The first international architecture competition held in the country, the English firm is quite experienced in master plan’s for the Olympics as they were responsible for London’s 2012 Olympic Park Master Plan. The jury chose the winning project by AECOM with chief architect Bill Hanway and Brazilian project author Daniel Gusmão,  because of its unique concept of operation, separate access for athletes and the audience, logistics for the transport system, the viability of implementation and access for parking. In the legacy that the project will leave to the city, the highlights were environmental preservation and the viability of maintaining and preserving the lagoon.

More about the winning project and the competition along with plans following the break.

Simpatia Street Housing / gruposp arquitetos


Architects: gruposp arquitetos / Alvaro Puntoni, João Sodré, Jonathan Davies
Location: São Paulo,
Collaborators: André Luiz Tura Nunes, Isabel Nassif Cytrynowicz, Rafael Murollo, Rodrigo Ohtake, Tatiana Ozetti
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 3000 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Emporio Baglione / Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos

Courtesy of Rocco,

Emporio Baglione is a restaurant in a trendy and nice neighborhood. The entrance was designed as a continuation of the promenade as a square of interconnection between public and private sectors.

Architect: Rocco, Vidal+arquitetos
Location: , Brazil
Project Team: Giovana Oliva , Alexandre Salles
Structure Engineer: Pedro Paulo Maciel Engenharia
Electrical Engineer: Grau Engenharia
Lighting: Foco Luz e Desenho
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocco, Vidal+arquitetos

Cultural Center UFG / Fernando Simon

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Architects: Fernando Simon
Location: , Brazil
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 2,801.22 sqm
Photographs: Helio Sperandio

HAZP House / Frederico Zanelato | Arquitetos

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The proposed project for this residence, located in a gated community in the city of , was designed for an architect, his wife and kid. It was proposed that the construction should be done in stages, according to the family growth. Sustainability of its use was also considered in the project. The sloping terrain has a forest of native trees at the lower part of the plot, making the first block more suitable for occupation to be done on two levels, therefore preserving as many species of trees as possible. And at a later stage, an expansion of another block in the lower part of the plot, dedicated to children.

Architect: Frederico Zanelato | Arquitetos
Location: Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil
Project Team: Frederico Zanelato, Arthur Pugliese, Fernanda Kano, Regina Sesoko and Milena Mendes
Collaborators: Regina Santos and Flávio Coutinho
Structural: Wagner de Oliveira Garcia
Construction: Architects Frederick Zanelato
Frames: Jair Bolanho
Timber: Construvelho
Interns: Guilherme Bravin and Nayara Mendes
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Peter Abude

American Institute of Architects New York Chapter organizes international exchange of award-winning designers between New York and São Paulo


Last year, the New Practices Committee of the AIA Chapter recognized seven promising and pioneering new architecture and design firms working in – the New Practices 2010 winners.

This year, AIANY and the Center for Architecture are thrilled to send an exhibition of these firms to São Paulo, and welcome in return an exhibition of São Paulo’s winning new practices. New York’s 2010 winners will be on view at the São Paulo International Architecture Biennial in Oscar Niemeyer’s OCA Pavilion in Ibirapuera Park from November 1 – December 4, 2011 and the young Brazilian firms will be featured in an exhibition opening July 14 at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, in New York City.

The exhibition will remain on view at the Center for Architecture until September 10, 2011. More information after the break.

Planned City of Palmas / Urban Recycle Architecture Studio

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The strategic planning of the city of , while in the search for expansion of urban space, often creates a certain peculiar urbanization compared to other Brazilian cities, such as in the topography of the land available for development of the IAB-To. It’s unusual for architects, who work in densely built metropolis, to design in a “loose” environment without references incorporated or pre-set aesthetic guidelines. For Urban Recycle Architecture Studio, the terrain of the project, in theory, represents everything that architects and builders like the most, “the new”. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Brazil’s NOVA BOSSA: BoomSPDesign Conference 2011

The giant, , has awakened from its design leader nap and is once again a player in the creative world, be it design, art or architecture. BoomSPdesign, a series of conferences taking place yearly in , has quickly established itself as a catalyst for connecting this exciting Brazilian moment to the global experience, bringing together designers and artists from all over the world to showcase and discuss their work and passion.

The event will take place in Sao Paulo from August 29th to September 2nd, 2011 at the Centro Universitario Belas Artes de Sao Paulo. More competition information after the break.

Na Mata Café / Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos


Architects: Forte, Gimenes & Marcondes Ferraz Arquitetos
Location: São Paulo,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 900,00 sqm
Photographs: Fran Parente

U.S. Invests in Brazil’s Infrastructure Upgrades

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Although has been growing quickly as a nation, its economic growth has been stinted by the country’s lack of investment in infrastructure. In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is expected to spend over one trillion dollars from the Brazilian government and as much as $34 billion from private investors. The money will go toward numerous construction projects designed to increase and improve upon Brazil’s roads, railways, stadiums, hotels and airports. More information after the break.

Hi-Lo Store / David Guerra Architecture and Interior

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Architects: David Guerra Architecture and Interior
Location: Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 110 sqm
Photographs: Jomar Bragança

Parc Zodiaco Building / GPA&A

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Architects: GPA&A
Location: Minas Gerais,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 13,800 sqm
Photographs: Jomar Bragança

Nestlé’s Chocolate Museum / Metro Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Metro Arquitetos Associados
Location: ,
Project Area: 1,850 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Lumini Shop / Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos


Architects: Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos
Location: , Brazil
Engineering: Souza Lima Construtora
Structure: Ideal Projetos de Engenharia
Lighting design: Franco e Fortes Lighting design
Wiring project: Aloeletrica
Photographs: Nelson Kon

What turns a residential space into a home? / Estudio Guto Requena

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What turns a residential space into a home? Its decoration? Its objects? The people sharing that space? All the memories stored in it? Estudio Guto Requena asks the participants to answer this question until July 17th by twitter @umacasaumlar and help them to construct their interactive wallpaper at Hyundai Mostra Black Exhibition in . The interactive ambient “What turns a house into a home?” seeks to instigate the visitors to thinking about the significances and subjectivities associated with our houses.

Olympic Port Competition Entry / Machado and Silvetti Associates with Jorge Mario Jáuregui


Machado and Silvetti Associates shared with us their entry for the Olympic Port Competition that came in fourth place. This project proposal for the 2016 Olympic Media Village in includes housing for 11,000 people, retail and office space, a 5-star hotel and a convention center. To accommodate post-Olympic marketing of the buildings the entire residential and office program has the capacity to be transformed from a hotel setting with individually accessed bedrooms and private baths to two- and three-bedroom apartments and leasable tenant space.

Welcome Center / Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos

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Architects: Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos
Location: , Brazil
Project area: 744 sqm
Landscape design: Renata Tilli Paisagismo
Lighting design: Foco
Structure: Domo Engenharia, FCK Engenharia
Plumbing/ Eletric: LR engenharia
HVAC: Super Ar Condicionado
Photographs: Courtesy of Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos

Olympic Port’s Competition Winner: João Pedro Backheuser with Ignasi Riera


The winning project of the Olympic Port, which aims at the revitalization and redevelopment of 850 square meters of the port city of Rio de Janeiro, was announced at the headquarters of the Brazilian Institute of Architects of (IAB-RJ) in Rio de Janeiro. The project includes the construction of facilities such as the media and referees villages, a five-star hotel, a convention center and business center that will be used during the 2016 Olympics Games and will be a legacy for the city. More over, this urban intervention leverages the entire project of Marvelous Port Recovery Center of Rio de Janeiro. The winning project was created by Brazilian architect and urban planner in collaboration with Catalan architect Ignasi Riera’s office. The second, third and fourth projects were coordinated by Brazilian architects Roberto Aflalo, Espadon Francisco and Jorge Jauregui, respectively. The first place guarantees that the project will be executed in, at least, 40% of the area. The city administration can alson use parts of the awarded projects.