Kastanienbaum Twin Houses / Lussi + Halter

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Lussi + Halter -Remo Halter,Thomas Lussi
Location: Kastanienbaum, ,
Collaborators: Corina Kriener, Aldo Casanova
Built Area: 618 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

EG House / Marcelo Alvarenga

© Leonardo Finotti

Architects: Play – Marcelo Alvarenga
Location: Nova Lima,
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 823.00 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Braga Municipal Stadium / Eduardo Souto de Moura

© Leonardo Finotti

The Braga Municipal Stadium located in Portugal was designed by 2011 winner .  The ceremony for the Pritzker Prize (which we attended) was held just a few short weeks ago in New York City.  Delivering a speech for the award winner, President Barack Obama spoke of Souto de Moura’s use of materials and attention to detail, specifically siting the Braga Municipal Stadium as “perhaps Eduardo’s most famous work” where he “took great care to position the stadium in such a way that anyone who couldn’t afford a ticket could watch the match from the surrounding hillside.”

Architects: Eduardo Souto de Moura
Location: Braga, Portugal
Project Year: 2003
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

FP House / João Diniz Arquitetura

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Architects: João Diniz Arquitetura Ltda
Location: Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Construction: Construtora Geraes / José Maurício Menezes
Structural engeneers for structure: Marcello Cláudio and Sigefredo Fiuza
Installation projects: Senog Ltda
Lightining design: Abajur de Arte / Adriana Vasconcelos
Landscape design: Mercado Verde / Firmino Fiuza
Playground design: Suzana Cadaval
Tile artistic pannel: Fernando Pacheco
Project area: 1,243 sqm
Project year: 2007 – 2010
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Petit Cabanon Cafe / Ternullomelo Arquitectos


Portuguese photographer Leonardo Finotti sent us this nice photographs of a new interior project for a Cafe in by young Portuguese-Italian architects Ternullomelo Arquitectos. Check all the photographs after the break.

Altstadt Garage Building / Lussi + Halter


Parking facilities are quite a challenge for architects, as we have seen on previous projects by X Architekten, N+B Architectes and Guilherme Machado.

Architecture photographer Leonardo Finotti shared with us the Altstadt Garage Building by Swiss architects Lussi + Halter, a “quiet” project that reveals itself to the city during the night.

More photos after the break.

Dreilinden School Propsteimatte / Lussi + Halter


Architecture photographer Leonardo Finotti shared with us the Dreilinden School Propsteimatte in , a project by Swiss architects Lussi + Halter.

The 27,000sqm building completed in 2005 has heavy walls that resemble the facades of the local building. A monolithic look from the outside,  yet the interior use of oak wood results on warm spaces suitable for learning environments.

More photos and drawings after the break:

Custoias Football Club / Guilherme Machado Vaz


Architects: Guilherme Machado Vaz
Location: Custóias, Matosinhos,
Client: Câmara Municipal Matosinhos
Engineering: A400, Projectistas e Consultores de Engenharia
Graphic Design: Ezzo design
Budget: 1,500,000 euros
Project Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Caja House / Estudio Aire


Architects: Estudio Aire / Juan German Guardati, Roman Renzi, Virginia Kahanoff
Location: Funes, Santa Fé, Argentina
Collaborators: Gustavo Sattler, Matias Agostino, Maximiliano Rossini, Damian Plouganou
Project Area: 235 sqm
Project Year: 2004-2007
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Manhufe Parking Lot / Guilherme Machado Vaz


Architect: Guilherme Machado Vaz
Location: Matosinhos,
Client: Câmara Municipal Matosinhos
Engineering: Carla Martins
Project Year: 2007
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

AD Photographers: Leonardo Finotti

Franz Fueg - St. Pius Church, Meggen CH (1966) © Leonardo Finotti
Franz Fueg - St. Pius Church, Meggen CH (1966) © Leonardo Finotti

Leonardo Finotti is a brazilian architect and photographer. He has documented several works from Brazil, Portugal and Latin America that we have featured here at ArchDaily.

Leonardo Finotti also maintains a blog with a new photo every day, and keeps an interesting photo archive with over 200 works by Brazilian modern master Oscar Niemeyer. Other sections include projects from Switzerland, Alvaro Siza, Mendes da Rocha… and many more.

1. When and how did you start photographing architecture?

I started studying architecture and photography at the same time. When I finished my studies I decided to go to Europe by being accepted by Fabrica for a trial experience in Treviso/ Italy, that didn’t work out, then I went to Portugal where I had the chance of meeting João Nunes and Carlos Ribas from Proap which was representing Portugal at the Venice Bienale of Architecture back there. They gave me the opportunity on shooting Tejo´s park and enjoying the result they asked me to shoot their entire work. From this day on I am full time architectural photographer.

Pavilion at Aventura Park / PARATELIER

General view of the pavilion in its wild context © Leonardo Finotti
General view of the pavilion in its wild context ©

Architect: PARATELIER – Leonardo Piella
Landscape: GLOBAL – Joao Gomes da Silva, Sofia Raichande
Structure: Adao da Fonseca – Pedro Morujao
Electrical engineering: ACRIBIA, Engenheiros Lda – Joana Andrade
Contingency plan: Tabique, Engenharia Lda
Contractor: Toscca
Date: 2007-2009
Client: Camara Municipal Almada
Photographer: Leonardo Finotti

Architecture photographer Leonardo Finotti shared with the recently completed Pavilion at Aventura Park, in Charneca da Caparica, . The pavilion was designed by the portuguese office PARATELIER (Leonoardo Piella).

As you can see on the photos, the wooden skin hides the connecting pieces, producing a very light image from the outside, almost as if the heavy roof was only supported by these wooden panels barely connected.

More photos after the break.

Marrom House / Isay Weinfeld

© Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

Architect: Isay Weinfeld
Location: ,
Built area: 635sqm
Year: 2004
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

Funchal 05 House / Paulo David + Luz Ramalho

© Leonardo Finotti

Location: Neves – Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Architect: Paulo David + Luz Ramalho
Structure: Mário Rui
Electrical: Fernando Sousa Pereira
Plumbing: Marco Coelho
Project: 2002
Construction: 2006
Photography: Leonardo Finotti

Livraria da Vila / Isay Weinfeld

Frontal view © Leonardo Finotti
Frontal view ©

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:

Coven Store / Marcelo Alvarenga

Southeast night view; entrance on left © Leonardo Finotti
Southeast night view; entrance on left ©

Another fresh piece of brazilian architecture thanks to photographer Leonardo Finotti. The store was designed by for Coven, a Brazilian brand of knitwear.

The store is based on a refurbishment of an existing 2-story house, wrapped around by a metallic mesh. As you can see on the below photos, the interiors have good lighting, despite the almost hermetic facade.

More photos by Leonardo Finotti and architect’s description after the break:

Young Portuguese Architects Exhibition at the RIBA Gallery

In ArchDaily we try to bring you a broad view of what is being done around the world. But during this last year, I have noticed a vast amount of great works coming from Portugal. Traditionally, has been home of renowned architects coming from the “Escola do Porto” (School of Porto) such as Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura.

But now, we have seen works by a new breed of portuguese architects: Aires Mateus, ARX, Correia Ragazzi, Bak Gordon, Inês Lobo, atelierdata, Pedro Pacheco, Ezzo, among others.

But also, an important role on this new vision of portuguese architecture has been played by photographers Fernando Guerra, Joao Morgado and Leonardo Finotti, documenting the portuguese production. This 3 photographers have done a tremendous contribution to ArchDaily by sharing their photos with our readers.

A brief part of the recent portuguese architectural production is now being exhibited at “Overlappings: Six Portuguese Architecture Studios” at the RIBA Gallery, with works from Aires Mateus, Bak Gordon, Inês Lobo, João Favila, Ricardo Carvalho and Joana Vilhena.

More info about the exhibition and an amazing set of photos sent by Leonardo Finotti after the break.

JH House / Bernardes + Jacobsen


Architects: Bernardes Jacobsen Architecture
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Partners in Charge: Thiago Bernardes and Paulo Jacobsen
Collaborators: Jaime Cunha Junior, Paula Tega, Henrique de Carvalho, Paulo Poch and Andrés Galvez
Interior Design: Architecture – Eza Viegas
Design year: 2007
Setting up: 2008
Landscape: Isabel Duprat Paisagismo
Vertical Garden: Gica Mesiara – Quadro Vivo
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti