This last Wednesday, April 9th, Herzog & de Meuron opened its first project in Brazil – Morro Arena - located in the city of Natal. With a capacity for 350 people, the arena features multipurpose rooms for dancing, classrooms, a terrace overlooking the sea, locker rooms and a sports court.
The project is the first finished part of a broader urban plan for the region developed by the Swiss Office in partnership with the Centro Sócio Pastoral Nossa Senhora de Conceição in 2009.
Architects: RoccoVidal Perkins+Will
Location: Sao Paulo – São Paulo, Brasil
Project Architects: Luiz Fernando Rocco, Fernando Vidal, Douglas Tolaine
Collaborators: Fernanda Tegacini, Marcela Kishi, Caroline Estelles, Ana Cecilia Guimarães, Carlos Andrigo, Fred Zara, Fernanda Morais, Fernanda Borges
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Tuca Reinés
Architects: Schulitz Architekten, TETRA Arquitetos
Location: Arena Fonte Nova – Ladeira da Fonte das Pedras, s/n – Nazaré, Salvador – Bahia, 40050-565, Brazil
Capacity: 50,000 seats
Photographs: David Campbell, Erik Salles, Manu Dias, Courtesy of Schulitz Architekten, Ulisses Dumas Vaner Casaes
Location: Xangrilá, Venâncio Aires – Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Architects In Charge: Luciano Andrades, MatíasCarballal, Rochelle Castro, Andrés Gobba, Mauricio López, Silvio Machado, Alexis Arbelo, Pamela Davyt, Emiliano Etchegaray, Jaqueline Lessa, Camilla Pereira, Camila Thiesen, Diogo Valls
Area: 350 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti
In Brazil, the offshore oil mining industry is expanding. Unfortunately for oil companies though, it’s expanding away from the coast, as new oil deposits are found further and further from land – so far, in fact, that they’re outside the range of the helicopters that usually transport workers to and from the rigs. That’s why Rice University students took on the challenge of designing “Drift & Drive,” a floating community where workers and their families could stay for extended periods of time, eliminating the inconvenience of the usual “two weeks on, two weeks off” cycle.
Read on after the break for more about how the project functions
Among last year’s winners of the International Photography Awards Competition, were some fantastic night photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia taken by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos. The awarded photos, and more photographs taken by Andrew in Brazil, will be exhibited in “Brazil: Night & Day”, at Banco do Brasil, 11 W 42nd St., New York.
Sponsored by Banco do Brasil and the Year of Brazil at Queens College, CUNY, the exhibition will include photographs from Niemeyer’s Brasilia, panoramic cityscapes of Rio de Janeiro at night, landscapes from Rio’s Botanical Gardens, and Rio street scenes. It will be on display from April 3 to April 25.
The photographer’s series explores that symmetry in Bo Bardi’s brutalist design, in which two colors, red and concrete-gray, unite harmoniously.
See more of Pires’ images, after the break…