Vila Taguai / Cristina Xavier Arquitetura

© Daniel Ducci

Architects: Cristina Xavier Arquitetura
Location: – São Paulo,
Design Team: Henrique Fina, Lucia Hashizume, João Xavier
Area: 1250.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Daniel Ducci, Joao Xavier, Courtesy of Cristina Xavier – Photos of work, ITA – Prototype photos

Tranquility in the Heart of São Paulo: Meet the City’s Slender Residential Tower

Frontal View. Image Courtesy of Triptyque

Nestled in São Paulo‘s bustling Vila Madalena neighbourhood in Brazil, the slim silhouette of AIR Madalena soars skyward from the street below. The elegant tower will be home to six lofts varying from 100 to 140 square metres, each with an open-air terrace and ample windows to maximize the panoramic views of . Designed and built by  and Paris-based firm Triptyque and realized by the firm’s high-end real estate wing IV, the slender building is promised to be completed within 24 months. 

Step inside AIR Madalena’s elegant lofts after the break

Ramona / MM18 Arquitetos

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Architects: MM18 Arquitetos
Location: , Brasil
Project Architects: Mila Strauss + Marcos Paulo Caldeira
Project Area: 358.9 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

Marilia Project / SuperLimão Studio


Architects: SuperLimão Studio
Location: São Paulo – São Paulo, Brasil
Architecture: – Lula Gouveia, Thiago Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos Figueira de Mello, Sérgio Cabra
Project Area: 450.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Maira Acayaba

Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture: Episode 6, “The Pedreiro and the Master Planner”

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The last episode of Al Jazeera’s Rebel Architecture series tells the story of Ricardo, an informal builder in Rocinha, ’s largest favela. “A foreign architect would not get into this hole and dig. He would hire someone or would hire machines. But here in the favela, we are hands on,” he says in the episode. Ricardo has built over one hundred houses in Rocinha despite not having any formal training. Yet as prepares for the World Cup and the Olympic Games, life in Rocinha is changing. This 25-minute episode follows Ricardo as well as Luis Carlos Toledo, the architect behind the government’s regeneration of Rocinha, as the two seek to incorporate their solutions into the future of the country’s favelas.

Watch the full episode above and read on after the break for a full episode synopsis and a preview of upcoming episodes…

Cachaça Museum / Jô Vasconcelos

© Junia Mortimer

Location: – Minas Gerais, Brazil
Year: 2012
Photographs: Junia Mortimer

Morumbi Residence / Monica Drucker

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Architects: Monica Drucker
Location: São Paulo,
Design Team: Fausto Chino
Project And Coordination: Drucker arquitetos associados
Area: 1033.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: João Ribeiro

Torreão House / Bloco Arquitetos

© Haruo Mikami

Architects: Bloco Arquitetos
Location: – Federal District,
Architects In Charge: Matheus Seco, Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Haruo Mikami

Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

© Fernando Guerra I

Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro,
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
Design Team: Milena Chieco, Flávia Castellan, Flávia Castellan, Joana Pini, Renata Adoni, Bruna Rizzi
Area: 667.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Vila Madalena House / Drucker Arquitetura


Architects: Drucker Arquitetura
Location: , Brazil
Architect In Charge: Mônica Drucker
Design Team: Ruben Otero, Victor Minghini, Ignácio Errandonea
Area: 409.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Friedrich Bayer Bridge / LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo


Architects: LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location: São Paulo – São Paulo,
Architect In Charge: Roberto Loeb And Luis Capote
Design Team: Damiano Leite, Chantal Longo
Area: 90.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

North Classroom Block / CEPLAN


Architects: CEPLAN
Location: Universidade de Brasília – Brasília, Distrito Federal, 70910-900, Brasil
Authors: Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
Collaborators: Ana Carolina Caetano Alves
Project Area: 1265.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Joana França

Canyons do Lago House / Mutabile Arquitetura

© Carlos Dias

Architects: Mutabile Arquitetura
Location: Capitólio – Minas Gerais,
Design Team: Gabriel Souza, Isabel Brant, Priscila Musa
Area: 569.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Carlos Dias

Cultural Warehouse for the Plínio Marcos School of Art and Culture / André Jost Mafra + Natasha Mendes Gabriel + Thaís Polydoro Ribeiro


Architects: André Jost Mafra, Natasha Mendes Gabriel,
Location: Santos – São Paulo, Brasil
Project Area: 687.63 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Joana França

New Mahle Distribution Center / LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo


Architects: LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location: – São Paulo, Brasil
Authors: Roberto Loeb, Luis Capote
Associate Architects: Damiano Leite, Chantal Longo
Project Area: 35000.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Joinville House / UNA Arquitetos

© Bebete Viégas

Architects: UNA Arquitetos
Location: – Santa Catarina, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
Design Team: Ana Paulo De Castro, José Carlos, Miguel Muralha, Jimmy Liendo, Sílio Almeida, Carolina Klocker, Marta Onofre
Area: 432.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Bebete Viégas

D&P Residence / Atelier Paralelo


Architects: Atelier Paralelo
Location: Brasília – Distrito Federal, Brasil
Author: Thiago de Andrade
Collaborators: Arquiteto Andrea Denza, Arquiteta Larissa Lessa, estagiárias Alice Menezes e Natália Costa
Project Area: 592.5 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Joana França

Academic Building – UAC / CEPLAN


Architects: CEPLAN
Location: Campus de Planaltina – Universidade de Brasília – Planaltina, Brasília – Distrito Federal, Brasil
Authors: Alberto Alves de Faria, Fabiana Couto Garcia, Fátima Lauria Pires
Collaborators: Arquiteta Ana Carolina Caetano Alves, Arquiteta Karine Meneses Chagas de Carvalho
Project Area: 4795.0 m2
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Joana França