House in Iporanga / Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

© Nelson Kon

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

Oiticica Restaurant / Rizoma

© Henrique Queiroga

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

© Leonardo Finotti

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

© Pedro Vannucchi

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

Courtesy of +

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

© Fran Parente

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

Courtesy of Lucas Ramos, ,

The project for the Macro inter-modal Terminal in the middle of Rio de Janeiro 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

© Fran Parente

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

© André Cavalheiro

Architecture: Smart
Location: Rua Amélia Teles 315, , RS,
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

© Domenico Marchi

ArchDaily announced in October 2009 that Brazil 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 (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.

x-WEEK Event

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Studio-X, which is GSAPP’s (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation) global network of advanced research laboratories for exploring the future of cities as part of Columbia University, will be putting on the ‘x-WEEK’ event which takes place March 6-9. The event, which is free to the public, traces a panorama on contemporary architectural thinking and design through a broad program at Studio-X Rio. More information on the event after the break.

Video: The City of Samba / Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli

As a follow up to last weeks coverage on the Rio Carnival 2012 kick-off in Oscar Niemeyer’s newly renovated Sambadrome, we would like to share with you this stunning tilt-shift video capturing the essence of and the colorful parade of the Carnival. You will also catch a glimpse of famous mosaic sidewalks of the Copacabana Beach Boardwalk designed by the Brazilian landscape architect .

Creators: Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli
Music: Jarbas Agnelli
Special Thanks: Rede Globo, Liesa and Jodele Larcher

*This video was filmed during Carnival of 2011.

Rio Carnival 2012 kicks off in Oscar Niemeyer’s newly renovated Sambadrome

Aerial Image of Carnival

Brightly colored confetti and sequined samba queens covered the newly renovated Sambadrome in , marking the beginning of the 2012 world-famous annual Carnival. Designed by ’s legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Sambadrome was originally constructed during the first government of Leonel Brizola (1983 – 1987) in an effort to provide Rio with an urban facility that would serve as the permanent location of the traditional spectacle of the samba school’s parade. Inaugurated in 1984, the Sambadrome is also known as the Catwalk Professor Darcy Ribeiro out of respect to the man who moved the parade to its current site. Continue for more.

Guilhermes Home Studio / Studio Guilherme Torres

© Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio

Architects: Studio Guilherme Torres
Local: São Paulo,
Year: 2010
Area: 130 sqm
Photographs: Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio

   

Granja Viana House / Arquiteto Gilberto Belleza

© Fran Parente

Architects: Arquiteto Gilberto Belleza
Location: Carapicuiba, ,
Design Team: Arq. Fabiana Landi, Arquiteta Tatiane Amorim, Arquiteta Vanessa Bucelli
Site Area: 803,00 sqm
Constructed Area: 400,00 sqm
Completion: 2008/2009
Photographs: Fran Parente

   

Bromelia House / Urban Recycle Architecture Studio

© Marcio Correia Campos

Architects: Urban Recycle Architecture Studio
Location: , Bahia,
Design Team: Diego Viana Gomes, Juliana Meira Araujo Aguiar, Saul Kaminsky Bernfeld Oliveira
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Urban Recycle Architecture Studio & Marcio Correia Campos