Arena Pernambuco / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

© Lanik do Brasil

Architects: Fernandes Arquitetos Associados
Location: Itaipava Arena Pernambuco – BR 408, – Pernambuco, Brasil
Architect In Charge: Daniel Hopf Fernandes
Year: 2013
Photographs: Lanik do Brasil

Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium – Maracanã / Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

© Erica Ramalho

Architects: Fernandes Arquitetos Associados
Location: Maracanã – Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, 20271-150,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Hopf Fernandes
Year: 2013
Photographs: Erica Ramalho, Courtesy of , Marcelo Santos

CT House / Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Bernardes + Jacobsen Arquitetura
Location: – São Paulo, Brasil
Architects In Charge: Paulo Jacobsen e Bernardo Jacobsen
Coordination: Jaime Cunha Jr
Team: Edgar Murata, Ricardo Luna, Valesca Daólio, Débora Silveira Stefanelli
Interior Design:
Interior Author: Eza Viegas
Project Area: 1655 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

An Architect’s Journey to Brazil

Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Pedregulho Housing (1950-52). Image © John Hartmann

When I was student in New York City, I would often spend hours thumbing through the titles of books at the Strand Bookstore.  One day I came across Latin American Architecture Since 1945. The black and white book, written by Henry-Russell Hitchcock in 1955, showed a world of precise modernism. The buildings, situated in a tropical climate, set atop pilotis with gardens flowing in and under them, with brise soleils filtering the strong equatorial light, were perfect. I often would stare into the pages and attempt to create similar projects on my drafting board.

Fifteen years later, on a journey to , I sought out the projects that were indelibly written into my memory.  I expected, or hoped, to find them as they were on the pages. But what I found instead are buildings that are used and worn, showing age like the yellowing pages of the book itself. Despite this, the buildings were very much alive. Children were kicking a ball around in the housing bar and patients were still healing in Neimeyer’s hospital. These projects were not the crisp sun drenched modernism of my imagination, but they exceeded my expectation with an unexpected vibrance.

Restaurante Deliqatê / FGMF Arquitetos

© Rafaela Netto

Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
Location: ,
Authors: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
Collaborators: Ana Paula Barbosa, Marilia Caetano, Sonia Gouveia
Project Architects: Carolina Matsumoto, Juliana Fernandes, Raquel Engelsman
Interns: Felipe Bueno, Gabriel Mota, Gabriela Eberhardt, Patrícia Kupper, Rodrigo de Moura
Area: 275.0 m2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rafaela Netto

Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE) / Paulo Mendes da Rocha

© Paul Clemence

Keep an eye out, or you might miss the Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (a.k.a. MuBE, pronounced MOO-bee). Widely considered the masterpiece of Pritzker Prize-winner , the building was in fact born out of the desire to have no building at all. When in the 1980s an empty lot in Sao Paulo’s mansion-laden Jardins district was slated to become a shopping mall, wealthy residents successfully lobbied to create a public square instead. To sweeten the deal and ensure the land stayed commercial-free, they hired Mendes de Rocha to create MuBE. Completed in 1995, the 7000-sq-meter museum hunkers down beneath ground level, thus preserving what in Sao Paulo is that rarest of luxuries: a public green space.

Fernando Jaeger Store / SuperLimão Studio

© Maíra Acayaba

Architects: SuperLimão Studio
Location: São Paulo,
Project Area: 605 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Maíra Acayaba

360° Building / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: ,
Project Manager: Elena Scarabotolo
Design Team: Gabriel Bicudo, Manoel Maia
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Area: 2,797 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: FG+SG

Boutique Las Chicas / GUIV Arquitetura

© Gabriel Castro

Architects: GUIV Arquitetura
Location: Belo Horizonte,
Architect In Charge: Guilherme de Vasconcelos
Building Company: Gilberto Lacerda & Cia
Area: 130 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gabriel Castro

Box House / 1:1 arquitetura:design

© Cesar Edgard

Architects: 1:1 arquitetura:design
Location: Brasília – Distrito Federal,
Project Architects: Eduardo Sáinz Márquez, Lilian Glayna
Year: 2013
Photographs: Cesar Edgard

Planalto House / Flavio Castro

© Nelson Kon

Architects: Flavio Castro
Location: Planalto Paulista, ,
Design Team: Jennifer Andrade, Claudia Reis
Area: 800.0 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Padarie / CRIO arquiteturas

© Marcelo Donadussi

Architects: CRIO arquiteturas
Location: , Brasil
Project Architects: Bernardo de Magalhães, Lívia Fonseca
Area: 250 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

Working in Brazil: The Pros & Cons

View of Rio De Janeiro. Image © SCIENTIFANTASTIC

In this article, which originally appeared on AIArchitectSara Fernández Cendón discusses the opportunities and challenges for US architects who are taking advantage of Brazil’s development boom, particularly in the wake of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Until Brazil was selected to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympic Games in 2016, only three countries had hosted both events back-to-back. Successful bids for either event are usually equal parts proof that the country already has what it takes and a promise that it will do whatever else necessary to make things run smoothly.

In Brazil’s case, the “promise” part has generated a handful of projects for architectural firms around the world; Populous is responsible for conceptual design a stadium in the city of Natal, for example. And some observers believe that World Cup building delays could generate a rush of last-minute opportunities for foreign construction professionals. But even if these two headline-grabbing events haven’t been fully planned and designed by foreigners new to Brazil, the country is evolving into an emerging market for American architects, built on its intense thirst for upgraded commercial and transit infrastructure.

Night Photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia Win at the 2013 International Photography Awards

© Andrew Prokos

Night photographs of the Brazilian capital created by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos are among this year’s winners at the International Photography Awards competition. Entitled “Niemeyer’s Brasilia” the series of photographs capture the surreal architecture of Oscar Niemeyer, who shaped the Brazilian capital for over 50 years.

More fantastic photographs and information on the awards after the break.

A Kickstarter Campaign to Paint Entire Favela in Rio de Janeiro

Painting: Rio Cruzeiro, realized in 2008. Image Courtesy of Painting’s Page

Dutch duo Haas and Hahn gained fame in 2005 for painting a few houses of Rio Janeiro’s favelas in a palate of bright hues. Now they’re back again, this time with a Kickstarter Campaign to raise the funds to paint the rest of the favela in the hopes of further transforming this crime-ridden community.

Migliari Guimarães House / DOMO Arquitetos

© Haruo Mikami

Architects: DOMO Arquitetos
Location: Brasília,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco, Rodrigo Scheel
Collaborators: Daniella Rauber, Guilherme Mahana, Victor Silvério, Bruno Pessoa
Area: 470 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Haruo Mikami

Video: Rio de Janeiro timelapse

has become one of the most popular destinations right now, hosting some games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Joe Capra shared with us this timelapse video he made on the Brazilian city. Besides the fantastic natural settings that surround the city, you can also see the contrast with a few shots of the popular favelas.

Linhares Dias House / DOMO Arquitetos

© Joana França

Architects: DOMO Arquitetos
Location: Paranoá, Brasília – Federal District,
Architect In Charge: Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco
Colaboration: Daniella Rauber, Tatiana Lopes and Guilherme Mahana
Area: 411.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joana França