Planalto House / Flavio Castro

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

Padarie / CRIO arquiteturas

© Marcelo Donadussi

Architects: CRIO arquiteturas
Location: ,
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 infrastructure 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 ” 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

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Architects: DOMO Arquitetos
Location: Brasília, Brazil
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

Rio de Janeiro 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

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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

Rio de Inverso: CityVision Competition Entry / Buro AD + Spectacle

grid. Image Courtesy of Buro AD + Spectacle

Designed by Buro AD and SPECTACLE for this year’s CityVision Competition, their Rio de Inverso proposal critically addresses the historically cyclical attempts by urban planners to impose order post ex-facto on ’s informally created, complex and spatially rich urban fabric. With the theme of the competition ‘sick and wonder (wonder and disgust),’  the architects demonstrate how the city was the arena for a continuous struggle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Lee House / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Eduardo Glycerio

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Architects: Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + 
Location: , São Paulo, Brazil
Collaborators: Carolina Castroviejo, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
Project Team: Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
Area: 900 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Leitão 653 / Triptyque

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Architects In Charge: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
Localização: Rua Francisco Leitão, 653 – Pinheiros, São Paulo, 05414-025,
Collaborators: Damien Murat, Bruno Simões, Aline D´Avola, Pedro de Mattos Ferraz
Coordenador Geral Triptyque: Luiz Trindade
Project Area: 1280.0 sqm
Ano Do Projeto: 2012
Fotografias: Leonardo Finotti

AD Classics: Niterói Contemporary Art Museum / Oscar Niemeyer

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The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, also know as the MAC, was designed by the famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and completed in 1996. This iconic saucer-shaped structure, situated on a cliffside above Guanabara bay in the city of Niterói, brilliantly frames the panoramic views of the city of and encapsulates the simple, yet brilliant signature aesthetic of Niemeyer.

MM House / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Maria Cristina Motta

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Architects: Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Maria Cristina Motta
Location: Bragança Paulista, São Paulo,
Collaborators: Carolina Castroviejo, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano
Project Team: Carolina Castroviejo, , Lair Reis Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo, Suzana Glogowski
Area: 715 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Cube House / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Suzana Glogowski

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Architects: Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + 
Location: , Brazil
Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
Collaborators: Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas
Project Team: Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo
Area: 540 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Jardim Edite Social Housing / MMBB Arquitetos + H+F Arquitetos

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Architects: MMBB Arquitetos, H+F Arquitetos
Location: Avenida Engenheiro Luís Carlos Berrini – Itaim Bibi, ,
Mmbb Arquitetos Team: Marta Moreira, Milton Braga e Fernando de Mello Franco
H+F Arquitetos Team: Eduardo Ferroni e Pablo Hereñú
Mmbb Collaborators: Eduardo Martini, Marina Sabino, Giovanni Meirelles, Cecilia Góes, Gleuson Pinheiro Silva, Adriano Bergemann, André Rodrigues Costa, Maria João Figueiredo, Martin Benavidez, Naná Rocha, Tiago Girao, Guilherme Pianca, Giselle Mendonça, Eduardo Pompeo, Rafael Monteiro e Lucas Vieira
H+F Collaborators: Tammy Almeida, Joel Bages, Natália Tanaka, Diogo Pereira, Gabriel Rocchetti, Danilo Hideki, Thiago Benucci, Mariana Puglisi, Luca Mirandola, Thiago Moretti, Luisa Fecchio, Bruno Nicoliello, Renan Kadomoto e Carolina Domshcke
Project Area: 25714.0 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Nelson Kon

2013 Rio de Janeiro Cityvision Competition Winners Announced

1st prize – Donghua Chen

CityVision just announced the winners of the Rio de Janeiro Competition, their fifth international ideas competition which was launched earlier this year with the purpose of providing a vision on Rio de Janeiro’s future. Upon receiving 68 proposals from all five continents, this year’s jury selected a winner and 9 honorable mentions. The first place was awarded to Donghua Chen from China, for his project ”Ceu de Janeiro” which doesn’t focus on monopoly or unity, but an interchanging environment or integration. More images and information on the winning proposals after the break.

Minor Charges Court Building Proposal / ABA

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Designed by ABA (About: Blank Architecture), their proposal for the Minor Charges Court Building focuses on creating a building that is a tool to increase productivity in several levels and at the same time does not represent a burden on the budget of the Department of Justice. As part of a package of public investments in the Department of Justice in the state of Mato Grosso, , was challenged to create a building based on an innovative brief to be replicated nationwide, gathering in the same building all minor charges courts. More images and architects’ description after the break.

AP 1211 / Alan Chu

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Architects: Alan Chu
Location: , Brazil
Design Team: Anita Meduna
Area: 25 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Djan Chu