GPA&A Designs Floating Administrative Center for Belo Horizonte

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Brazilian Firm GPA&A was unanimously chosen by a panel of judges to design the new Administrative Center for Belo Horizonte – the capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The judging commission selected the firm’s proposal because of its attention to accessibility, sustainability, and the quality of architectural and landscaping features. The transparent building features a bikeway leading to the top floor and is integrated with the metro and bus rapid transit systems. For more information and images, continue after the break.

AD Classics: São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) / Lina Bo Bardi

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When Lina Bo Bardi received the commission to build a new museum of art on São Paulo’s Terraço do Trianon, she was given the job under one condition: under no circumstances could the building block the site’s panoramic vistas of the lower-lying parts of the city. This rule, instituted by the local legislature, sought to protect what had become an important urban gathering space along Avenida Paulista, the city’s main financial and cultural artery. Undeterred, Bo Bardi came up with a solution that was simple and powerful. She designed a building with a massive split through its midsection, burying half of it below the terrace and lifting the other half into the sky. As a result, the plaza remained open and unobstructed, and in 1968, the iconic Museum of Art (MASP) was born.

JG House / MPGARQUITETURA

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Architects: MPGARQUITETURA
Location: Itaipava, Petrópolis – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Miguel Pinto Guimarães
Coordinator Architect: Renata Duhá
Architects Team : Vinicius Cesar
Area: 762.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

NSN House / Biselli Katchborian arquitetos

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Architects: Biselli Katchborian arquitetos
Location: – Parana, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Mario Biselli, Artur Katchborian
Area: 460.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Paulista Apartment / Triptyque

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Architects: Triptyque
Location: ,
Associates: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud Olivier Raffaelli
Area: 520.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Roberto Wagner

Vale dos Cristais Residence / Anastasia Arquitetos

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Architects: Anastasia Arquitetos
Location: Nova Lima – , Brazil
Collaborators: Tomás Anastasia Rebelo Horta, Johanna Lanna Anastasia Cardoso
Area: 690.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jomar Bragança

Case Study: The Unspoken Rules of Favela Construction

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“Building a house takes time and money,“ said Marcio, a local resident of Complexo do Alemão, one of ’s numerous , as he showed me around his house. This is why a house is often built over several generations: a floor may be laid, columns erected (rebar protruding), and a thin tin roof placed, but this is just to mark where the next builder should finish the job. “Constructing a roof with tiles is not a sign of wealth here — rather, it means that there’s not enough money to continue constructing the house,” explains Manoe Ruhe, a Dutch urban planner who has lived in the favela for the last six months.

An architect who has always been fascinated by the way people live, I had come to do a residency at Barraco # 55, a cultural center in Complexo do Alemão, in order to learn how its citizens went about building their communities. I had many questions: are there rules of construction? What are the common characteristics of each house? Do they follow the same typology? How are the interiors of the homes? What construction techniques and what materials are used?

Milbank / Triptyque

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Architects: Triptyque
Location: Rua Colômbia, 325 – Jardim Paulista, , Brazil
Architect In Charge: Vitoria Ferraz e Manuela Coelho
Partners: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Pedro Kok

Zahner Produce Façade for Brazil’s Acquario Ceará Aquarium

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The Brazilian coastal city of , one of the host cities for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, will soon be home to one of the world’s largest aquariums. Designed by Leonardo Fontanelle (Imagic Brasil), Acquire Ceará is projected to be the third largest building of its type and is intended to provide a lasting beacon for tourism in the area. Zahner, a US company known for their ability to design and create complex façades (including the Petersen Automotive Museum by Kohn Pedersen Fox) have been tasked with constructing twenty three curving “legs” which support the structure of “the Manta and Sea Urchin-shaped roof surface”. Zahner’s President, William Zahner, believes that “this is perhaps the most intricate building ever constructed in the Americas.”

See Zahner’s prototype and images of the aquarium after the break.

Arena da Amazônia / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: Arena da Amazônia, Manaus – Amazonas, 69050-010,
Architect In Charge: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Martin Glass
Director Of Gmp Do Brazil: Ralf Amann
Project Management: Martin Glass, Maike Carlsen
Project Management In Brazil: Burkhard Pick, Sander-Christiaan Troost
Team Members: Sophie-Charlotte Altrock, Felipe Bellani, Lena Brögger, Claudia Chiappini, Lieselotte Decker, Barbara Düring, Stephanie Eichelmann, Konstanze Erbe, Silke Flaßnöcker, Priscila Lima da Silva Giersdorf, Elke Glass, Ruthie Gould, Jacqueline Gregorius, Claudio Aceituno Husch, Fa- bian Kirchner, Juliana Kleba-Rizental, Jochen Köhn, Martin Krebes, Helge Lezius, Veit Lieneweg, Ausias Lobatón Ortega, Guilherme Maia, Rodrigo Math- ias Duro Teixeira, Lucia Martinez Rodriguez, Adel Motamedi , Dirk Müller, Dirk Peissl, Ivanka Percovic, Camila Preve, Nicolai Reich, Stefan Saß, Florian Schwarthoff, Fariborz Rahimi, Sara Taberner Bonastre, Sonia Taborda, An- guelica Larocca Troost, Katerine Witte
Year: 2014
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

Freedom of the Press Monument / Gustavo Penna

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Architects: Gustavo Penna
Location: Praça Central – Paranoá, Brasilia – Federal District,
Design Team: Alexandre Bragança, Augustin de Tugny, Fernando Arruda Guillen, Norberto Bambozzi
Trainees: Alessandra Valadares, Carolina Soares, Luiza Martini, Paulo Menicucci, Priscila Dias de Araújo, Roberta Vasconcellos
Total Area: 42.000m 2
Area: 7000.0 sqm
Year: 2000
Photographs: Casa Digital

Brasilia National Stadium / gmp architekten

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Architects: gmp architekten
Location: , Federal District, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Knut Göppert
Project Manager: Martin Glass
Project Manager Brazil: Robert Hormes
Director Of Gmp Do Brazil: Ralf Amann
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marcus Bredt

VIDEO: Marcio Kogan’s Studio SC

Textures and Ants is one of five videos on display by Studio MK27 at the Palazzo Mora as part of the ”Time Space Existence“ exhibition, running parallel to the Venice Biennale.

Produced by Pedro Kok and Gabriel Kogan, the video shows Studio SC, a photography studio based in São Paulo and designed by Marcio Kogan.

Cultura Bookstore / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Diana Radomysler + Luciana Antunes + Marcio Tanaka + Mariana Ruzante

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Architects: Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan, Diana Radomysler, Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Mariana Ruzante
Location: , Brazil
Architect In Charge:
Co Architects: Diana Radomysler . Luciana Antunes . Marcio Tanaka . Mariana Ruzante
Project Team: Carlos Costa . Eline Ostyn . Laura Guedes . Maria Cristina Motta . Mariana Simas . Regiane Leão
Studio Team : Beatriz Meyer . Carolina Castroviejo . Eduardo Chalabi . Eduardo Glycerio . Eduardo Gurian . Elisa Friedmann . Gabriel Kogan . Lair Reis . Oswaldo Pessano . Renata Furlanetto . Samanta Cafardo . Suzana Glogowski
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Through / Aleph Zero

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Architects: Aleph Zero
Location: Oscar Niemeyer Museum, ,
Architect In Charge: Gustavo Utrabo, Pedro Duschenes
Design Team: Ana Júlia Filipe, Bárbara Zandavali, Maguelonne Gorioux, Felipe Gomes, Severine Bogers.
Area: 105 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Aleph Zero

Nova Lima House / S+A Brazil

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Architects: S+A Brazil
Location: , , Brazil
Interior Design: Piantina Architecture
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Rafael Carrieri

Showroom Eurobike – Porsche / 1:1 arquitetura:design

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Architects: 1:1 arquitetura:design
Location: Brasilia, Federal District,
Design Team: Eduardo Sáinz Márquez, Lilian Glayna
Year: 2014
Photographs: Cesar Edgard

AD Round Up: Architecture in Brazil II

Adriana Varejão Gallery / . Image © Eduardo Eckenfels

World Cup coverage has brought Brazil to the forefront of the public’s attention. While the country’s hasty construction of 12 massive stadiums has received criticism, this article from Christopher Hawthorne at the LA Times reveals that is, now more than ever, a hotbed of architectural progress. In light of this, we’ve compiled some of our favorite works from this year’s World Cup host country, including: Tacoa ArquitetosAdriana Varejão Gallery, JPGN House by Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira, a welcome center by Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos, and Um House by Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados.  Also included is the 360° Building by Isay Weinfeld, Galeria House by MACh Arquitetos, Ipes House by Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis, a night club by Muti Randolph + Marcelo Pontes + Zemel + Chalabi Arquitetos, and NITSCHE ARQUITETOSBernard Luis housing condominium.  Enjoy!