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Raphael Franca

Video: Paulo Mendes da Rocha on His Museu dos Coches in Lisbon

16:00 - 25 October, 2015

For the recent inauguration of the Museu dos Coches in Lisbon, between September and October Sopro Colectivo hosted their exhibition "Fado Tropical," including 26 photos by Fernando Guerra and an interview with the building's architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who today turns 87 years old.

Constructed on the banks of the Tagus River, the first building in Europe by the Brazilian Pritzker Prize winner was surrounded by controversy during its construction, and today surprise visitors from all over, housing the world's largest collection of carriages. In the interview given at his own office, Mendes da Rocha talks about the specificity of the area, his approach to the historical context and memory related to coaches, and his concise adaptations of the extensive program to the complexity of the surroundings.

Video: Inside the Brazil Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015

08:00 - 20 July, 2015

Brazilian architect Raphael França has shared with us his video featuring the Brazilian Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015, produced in a collaboration with Japanese photographer Takeshi Miyamoto.

Internal and external images show the public interacting with the pavilion, while detail shots present the multitude of textures and materials that form the building. The juxtaposition of the moving images, along with Lívio Tragtenberg's strong soundtrack, transport the viewer to the Milan Expo and to the experience of walking on the organic surface.

The Brazilian Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 was designed by Studio Arthur Casas + Atelier Marko Brajovic and can be seen in more detail here


Spår: Järva Cemetery Competition / Raphael França and Adrien Mondine

17:00 - 12 November, 2010
Courtesy of Raphael França and Adrien Mondine
Courtesy of Raphael França and Adrien Mondine

Raphael França and Adrien Mondine have submitted their competition entry for a multicultural cemetery in Järva, Stockholm, Sweden.  The challenge and aim of the competition was to develop a place for remembrance and reflection for all on a site already embedded with societal values.  The chosen site has an interesting past: an artificial hill was created as a result of the dumping of construction debris from neighboring housing projects in the 70s and 80s, it was then dominated by frisbee players as the one of the most frequented sites in Sweden.

More information on the project and images after the break.