Cultural Center Univates / Tartan Arquitetura e Urbanismo

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Architects: Tartan Arquitetura e Urbanismo
Location: Lajeado – State of Rio Grande do Sul,
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Area: 9501.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Estúdio Objetivo

Spotlight: Paulo Mendes da Rocha

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“All space must be attached to a value, to a public dimension. There is no private space. The only private space that you can imagine is the human mind.” – Paulo Mendes da Rocha, May 26, 2004

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is one of Brazil‘s greatest architects and urbanists. Born in Vitória, Espírito Santo in 1928, Mendes da Rocha won the 2006 Pritzker Prize, and is one of the most representative architects of the Brazilian Paulista School, also known as ”Paulista Brutalism” that utilizes more geometric lines, rougher finishes and bulkier massing than other Brazilian Modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer.

Iberê Camargo Foundation: Standards and Variations

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It could have been a rectangular prism whose length measures forty-one meters and a half, whose width measures thirty-three meters, and whose height measures twenty-five meters. It could have been, if the projection had ended in the trace of a pure rule. It could have been almost the same: three elevated plans, each formed by three rectangular exhibitions rooms, placed at two consecutive faces and connected by ramps that run on the two other faces. Then, a four-story-high atrium rises between circulations and rooms, creating a diagonal symmetry inside the building.

OSPA Wins Competition to Design Brazilian Sports Campus in Canoas


OSPA Architecture and Urbanism has won a national competition for the new UFCSPA (Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre) Campus Igara in Canoas, . The goal of the sports campus is to integrate itself within the community so it may serve as both a public institution and a public space. You can learn more about the winning scheme, after the break.

Subtle Modernization of 1950´s Apartment in São Paulo / 23SUL Arquitetura

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Architects: 23SUL Arquitetura
Location: São Paulo – State of São Paulo,
Area: 100.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Kok

Saraiva Bookstore / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Rio de Janeiro – State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas
Co Authors: Christiane Trolesi, Mônica Nickel, Marcela Muniz, Renata Adoni.
Collaborators: André Chung, Christiana Matos
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Vila Taguai / Cristina Xavier Arquitetura

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Architects: Cristina Xavier Arquitetura
Location: , Brazil
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

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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

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Architects: SuperLimão Studio
Location: , 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, Brazil’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 Brazil 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

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Architects: Jô Vasconcelos
Location: – Minas Gerais,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Junia Mortimer

Morumbi Residence / Monica Drucker

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

Torreão House / Bloco Arquitetos

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

Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

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Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Rio de Janeiro – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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

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Architects: Drucker Arquitetura
Location: ,
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: , Brazil
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