Livraria da Vila / Isay Weinfeld

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Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: São Paulo,
Design Team: Cristiano Kato, Flávia Oide, Daniela Kurc
Project Manager: Monica Cappa
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Rio 2016 Olympic Park Master Plan / LCLAOFFICE, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e Republica Arquitetura

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Architect: LCLAOFFICE, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e Republica Arquitetura
Location: 
Size:  1000 000 square meters
Status: Competition Entry

In keeping with the Olympic spirit, today we share a competition master plan entry for Rio by Colombia-based architect Luis Callejas, Una Arquitetos, Grupo SP e República Arquitetos.  Although Callejas has been practicing professional for four short years, he has already made quite an impression on the architecture world.  In that time, Callejas has designed and realized two of the most relevant recent projects in Latin America for public sports infrastructure: The aquatic center for the South American Games of 2010, and the complete renovation of the main soccer stadium in Bogota, Colombia.  For his scheme for Rio’s Olympic Park master plan,    the park functions sectionally as the sporting functions – both the main areas and the support spaces – are organized in a stacked manner rather than pulled apart in plan.  This allows for a fluid and open space for audiences, and creates “No icons but one big vital scenario halfway between a small city and a big park.”

More about the competition entry after the break. 

‘Designing in Dialogue – Architectural Answers’ Exhibition / gmp Architekten

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Since Meinhard von Gerkan and Volkwin Marg founded their architectural practice von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) in Hamburg in 1965, they have carried out projects in almost all large cities in Germany and on four continents. The Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (MAC) presents an overview of gmp’s work with the international touring exhibition “Designing in Dialogue – Architectural Answers”, which is on now until to August 5. Sketches and drawings provide an idea of the initial conceptual thoughts, models present designs in their three dimensions and photos by well known architectural photographers document the completed buildings. More architects’ description after the break.

DAF: Designing for Adaptable Futures Proposal / Ravaglia, Rodrigues, Philot, Marx, Mendonça, Novaes

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Designed by Fabiano Ravaglia, Liebert Rodrigues, Vinícius Philot, Fernanda Marx, Tiago Mendonça, and Karen Novaes, the DAF: Designing for Adaptable Futures competition proposal focuses on expansion and flexibility to create a new way of thinking about Brazilian social housing. Based on practices developed by the low-income residents of the social housings of Rio, the team objective is to formulate a set of strategies that could enable and encourage the expansion of housing but in a neatly way. By taking advantage of the existing structure and implantation and inside the constructive knowledge of the population, this will allow the enlargement when it suits them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Architectural Association’s Foster + Partners Prize 2012 Goes to Yi Yvonne Weng

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The Architectural Association and have announced AA diploma student Yi Yvonne Weng as winner of the 2012  for her project, ‘The 6th Layer – Expolorative Canopy Trail’. The prize is awarded annually to the AA Diploma student whose portfolio best addresses the themes of sustainability and infrastructure.

Yvonne Weng stated: “Programmatically, the project is centred on scientific exploration and harvesting medicinal plants, which provides an alternative use of the forest without destroying it. At the same time, the positive occupation of the territory it enables could provide a level of surveillance that helps to protect both the endangered environment and the indigenous population.”

Continue after the break to learn more.

House in Itaipava / Cadas Arquitetura

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Architects: Cadas Arquitetura
Location: Petrópolis,
Proyect Year: 2011
Photographs: Denilson Machado

DLW House / Westphal + Kosciuk

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Architects: Westphal + Kosciuk
Location: Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Project Area: 545,40 sqm
Project Year:  2011
Photographs: André Moecke

Ecletica Music Center / 0E1 Arquitetos

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Architects: 0E1 Arquitetos
Location: , Brazil
Project Team: Ana Cristina Castagna, Anna Carolina Manfroi, Gabriel Giambastiani, Mário Guidoux, Pablo Resende
Project Area: 62 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Client: Ecletica Music Center
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi

Convida Suape Masterplan / Broadway Malyan

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The masterplan vision for , a new city in North Eastern Brazil, designed by Broadway Malyan, was just launched by the practice’s client, Moura Dubeux Engineering and Cone S/A. A sustainable urban extension of the city of Cabo de Santo Agostinho near Recife, the capital city of the State of Pernambuco, Convida Suape will result in the transformation of a 470 hectare area to accommodate up to 100,000 inhabitants. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Rio 2016 Olympic Park Proposal / Mecanoo Architecten

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Mecanoo Architecten  shared with us their design for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park, which will be the heart of the games. It was important to the architects to change the current paradigm, which opposes the real state logics to the public space quality, to a new one focused on the city’s sustainable development. Subdivided in programmatic bands in the direction north-south, the design is separated from each other by streets for cars and pedestrians. Therefore, this structure will determine the public character of the Olympic and Para-olympic Park, making it a vital part of the city, with lively public spaces and mixed-uses instead of a sectorized, monofunctional area. More images and architects’ description after the break.

VINCI Partners International Headquarters / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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With at the center of such current worldwide attention, renowned architecture firms have been flocking to the country for work; partly to be associated with the upcoming 2014 World Cup and/or 2016 Summer Olympics, but also because Brazil’s current economy allows for booming architectural possibilities. The new Leblon Offices for VINCI Partners in Rio de Janeiro will be a historic first step for Richard Meier & Partners as their first architectural undertaking in South America, and it certainly lives up to the hype.

House In Praia Preta / Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados
Location: Praia Preta, Sao Sebastiao, São Paulo,
Floor Area: 715 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

House in Iporanga / Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

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Architects: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados – Lua Nitsche, Pedro Nitsche, Renata Cupini, Suzana Barboza, Mariana Simas
Location: Iporanga, , SP, Brazil
Total Area (including terraces): 554 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Kon

Oiticica Restaurant / Rizoma

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Architects: Rizoma - Thomaz Regatos, Maria Paz
Location: ,
Completion: 2010
Area: 768 sqm
Client: Inhotim
Design Team: Sara Fagundes e Inácio Luiz
Aproximate cost: $435,000
Construction time: 3 months
Photographs: Henrique Queiroga

Botanical Shop / Rizoma

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Architects: Rizoma - Maria Paz and Thomaz Regatos
Location: , Minas Gerais, Brasil
Collaborators: Inácio Luiz and Sara Fagundes
Client: Inhotim
Completed: 2011
Built Area: 198 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti 

Bookshop And Cafe / ArcFaggin

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Architects: ArcFaggin – Caio Faggin
Location: Alto da Boa Vista, Campos do Jordão SP, Brasil
Completion: 2011
Site Area: 242 sqm
Gross Area: 95m2 + 51m2(deck)
Collaborators: Carlos Faggin (Consultant), Vera Lopes Oliveira, Joana Saruê, Rodolfo Souto Maior, Rafael Vilela (Architects), Marina Masetti Faggin (Student)
Interiors: (Bokshop),Beth Freitas (Café)
Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi

Hotel Aliah / Hiperstudio + Arkiz

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The Aliah Project, a hotel for a green World Cup, designed by Hiperstudio + Arkiz has been awarded as the winner of a competition organized by Aliah, a company which promotes sustainable development through practices and businesses that are profitable with a positive socio-environmental impact. A sustainable luxury hotel complex for the 2014 World Cup, their design serves as a model of sustainable architecture by disseminating innovative concepts that promote a green lifestyle. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Renovation for a Two Storey House / Studio GGA

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Architects: Studio GGA
Location: Jardim América district, São Paulo,
Completion: 2012
Total Area: 145 sqm
Project Designers: Gianpaolo Granato, Pedro Domingues Silva, Leandro Gushiken, Edson Maruyama e Marcela Arone.
Photographs: Fran Parente