Monocle, a briefing on global affairs, business, culture and design, was founded by in 2007 by Tyler Brûlé, the former Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper*. With over thirty correspondents working around the world, the magazine also has local bureaux in Tokyo, New York City, Hong Kong, Zürich, Toronto, Istanbul and Singapore. This month saw the publication host their inaugural international conference, centering on the enduring theme that has preoccupied the magazine since launch: Quality of Life.
Set against the backdrop of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, the event was hosted by Brûlé alongside editors Andrew Tuck, Robert Bound, Sophie Grove and Steve Bloomfield. The opinions of twenty-three internationally renowned speakers―including Martin Roth (Director of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum), Taco Dibbits (of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum) and Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, alongside the Mayors of Oslo and Porto―were keenly listened to by 160 delegates who had traveled from across the world. The points for discussion allowed for a breadth of discourse that spanned housing and urbanism, to explorations of the ‘high street’ and the significance of the museum in the contemporary city. The thematic scope of these conversations made them accessible, inspirational and, more importantly, both relevant and widely applicable.
World Cup coverage has brought Brazil to the forefront of the public’s attention. While the country’s hasty construction of 12 massive stadiums has received criticism, this article from Christopher Hawthorne at the LA Times reveals that Brazil is, now more than ever, a hotbed of architectural progress. In light of this, we’ve compiled some of our favorite works from this year’s World Cup host country, including: Tacoa Arquitetos’ Adriana Varejão Gallery, JPGN House by Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira, a welcome center by Rocco, Vidal + arquitetos, and Um House by Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Also included is the 360° Building by Isay Weinfeld, Galeria House by MACh Arquitetos, Ipes House by Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis, a night club by Muti Randolph + Marcelo Pontes + Zemel + Chalabi Arquitetos, and NITSCHE ARQUITETOS’ Bernard Luis housing condominium. Enjoy!
Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: Porto Feliz – São Paulo, Brasil
Author: Isay Weinfeld
Project Manager: Monica Cappa Santoni
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Project Team: Adriana Aun, Juliana Scalizi, Guilherme Leme, Carolina Miranda
Area: 1739.0 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Isay Weinfeld, the multi-award winning Brazilian architect and designer, will be opening his first ever US exhibit at Espasso in conjunction with the launch of a new monograph that takes a closer look at his recent projects.
Isay is behind some of Brazil’s most visionary buildings and this year marks his 40th year practicing architecture. Over the last few years he has designed the award-winning 360° Building, the Fasano Porto Feliz, winner of Interior Design’s award for best resort hotel, numerous retail spaces along the Rua Oscar Freire and stunning residential projects that showcase contemporary art. The A to Z exhibit is being premiered in the US at Espasso and also serves as the launch for the monograph titled Isay Weinfeld.
Title: Exhibition: Isay Weinfeld at Espasso
From: Wed, 13 Nov 2013
Address: 38 North Moore Street, New York, NY 10013, USA
Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: Punta del Este, Uruguay
Collaborator: Domingos Pascali
Project Manager: Monica Cappa
Team: Marcelo Alvarenga, Adrianaun, Bruno Levy, Manoel Maia, Alexandre Nobre, Juliana Scalizi
Built Area: 43,000 sq ft
Building Completion: December 2008 (Phase 1), January 2011 (Phase 2)
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
Architect: Isay Weinfeld
Location: Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil
Collaborator Architect: Domingos Pascali
Coordinator: Elena Scarabotolo
Team: Marcelo Alvarenga, Gabriel Bicudo, Felipe Hess, Marina Capocchi, Adriana Marcus
Building Completion: January 2011
Built Area: 5,838.96 sqm
Contractor: DP Unique
Structural Engineering: Steng Estrutural Engenhharia
Electrical and Pumbling Engineering: KML Engenharia E Projectos LTDA
Developer: Idea Zarvos
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti
Brazilian architecture has produced interesting works in the business/retail area, often limited to just interior design. Recent works by Marcio Kogan, Marcelo Alvarango or Tao Arquitetura are good examples of a tradition that, in my personal opinion, has a peak at Mendes da Rocha’s Forma store in Sao Paulo. If you ever go to Sao Paulo to visit local architecture, don´t be afraid of your girlfriend/wife taking you to shopping, there´s lots to see there.
Leonardo Finotti shared with us an interesting project by local architect Isay Weinfeld that is up to this brazilian standard, the Libraria da Vila bookstore in Sao Paulo. An hermetic volume with a pivoting book facade contains an interesting space filled with books distributed over 3 levels as you can see on the photos: