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Pau Brasil Residence / Vasco Lopes Arquitetura

  • Architects: Vasco Lopes Arquitetura
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Vasco Lopes
  • Design Team: Carol Cursino; Bea Brown
  • Area: 598.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Maira Acayaba

© Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba © Maira Acayaba

Vitra / Studio Libeskind

© Romulo Fialdini © Romulo Fialdini © Ana Mello © Ana Mello

FL 4300 / Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos

  • Architects: Aflalo & Gasperini Arquitetos
  • Location: Rua Elvira Ferraz, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Luis Felipe Aflalo Herman, Roberto Aflalo Filho, Giancarlo Gasperini, Grazzieli Gomes Rocha, José Luiz Lemos
  • Design Team: Alfredo del Bianco(coordenador), Eduardo Mizuka, Reginaldo Okusako, André Navarro, André Vieira, Felipe Farah, Renata Conti , Marcela Valério, Marcelo Nagai e Raquel Rodorigo, Daniela Mungai
  • Area: 70683.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ana Mello

© Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello

Paula Souza Center / Spadoni AA + Pedro Taddei Arquitetos Associados

  • Architects: Spadoni AA, Pedro Taddei Arquitetos Associados
  • Location: R. Paula Sousa, 298 - Centro, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Francisco Spadoni, Pedro Taddei Neto
  • Planning And Project Management: Fundação para a Pesquisa em Arquitetura e Ambiente (FUPAM)
  • Executive Coordination: Tiago de Oliveira Andrade
  • Associate Coordination: Bruno Fernandes
  • Team: André Rua, Carolina Fukumoto, Cristiane Maeda, Fabiana Benine, Shigueo Fujivara, George Ferreira, Jaime Vega, Marcos Sartori, Marina Crespo, Mayra Simone dos Santos, Natalia Lorenzo, Paulo Catto, Sabrina Chibani, Wellington Teles
  • Area: 29490.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nelson Kon

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines

Emporis, a German company that collects and distributes information on construction and the built environment, has released a ranking of the world’s 100 most visually impactful skylines, using statistical analysis to address a topic often made frustratingly subjective by civic pride. 

To create the rankings, Emporis used data from its archives to determine the number of high-rise buildings in the cities it studied, and applied a points system that gave each building a numerical value determined by the number of floors it has. To standardize their ranking process, the points system ignores spires and other ornament, and does not include television or antenna towers, masts, bridges, or similar architecture. 

Of the top 10 most impactful skylines, seven are in Asia, while North and South America combined have the other three. Notably, cities filled with rich architectural history fail to make the list, or fall surprisingly low in the rankings; London is number 44, Paris is ranked 66, and Rome does not make the cut. 

To see the top ten skylines, read on after the break, and click here to see Emporis' complete list.

A Casa - Museum of the Brazilian Object / RoccoVidal Perkins+Will

  • Architects: RoccoVidal Perkins+Will
  • Location: Avenida Pedroso de Morais, 1216 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, Brasil
  • Project Area: 1100 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Daniel Ducci

© Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci

Estudio Guto Requena Creates Interactive Light Façade for São Paulo Hotel

Estudio Guto Requena has designed a new façade, which also doubles as an urban art intervention, for the Hotel WZ Jardins in São Paulo. Dubbed “The Light Creature,” the 30-story facade is visible both during the day and at night, changing to interact with its surroundings and responding to stimuli like air quality and sound. During the day the façade has a pixilated blue, gray and gold skin that serves as “a visual reflection of the soundscape of São Paulo’s iconic Avenida Rebouças,” and at night it is illuminated by interactive light patterns.

Learn more about The Light Creature after the break. 

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Dona Ana Rosa Institute / RoccoVidal Perkins+Will

  • Architects: RoccoVidal Perkins+Will
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Team: : Luiz Fernando Rocco, Fernando Bento Vidal, Douglas Tolaine, Érika Daddario, Adriana Dias, Cezar Tadao, Giovanna Oliva, Fred Zara, Fabio Carone
  • Project Area: 850 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Daniel Ducci

© Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci © Daniel Ducci

TOG Flagship / Triptyque + Philippe Starck

  • Architects: Triptyque, Philippe Starck
  • Location: Rua Iguatemi, 236 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 01451-010, Brazil
  • Triptyque, Associates: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud e Olivier Raffaelli
  • Triptyque, General Coordinator: Luiz Trindade
  • Triptyque, Project Manager: Alfredo Luvison
  • Triptyque, Contributors: Guilherme Ramalho, Ulysse Baudet, Joana Telles, Bruno Cruz
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Ricardo Bassetti

© Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti

Gabinete 857 / GOarquitetos

  • Architects: GOarquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo - São Paulo, Brasil
  • Project Architects: Marcio Orsi e Roberta Gontijo
  • Project Area: 137.66 m2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ana Mello

© Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello

Eco Commercial Building / LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Lina Bo Bardi’s Archive on Display at her Glass House in São Paulo

From the architect. The design of the Lina em Casa: Percursos (Lina at Home: Journeys) exhibition was developed with the intention of preserving the spatial experience and the unique atmosphere of Casa de Vidro (Glass House). Understanding the House as the principle legacy of the architect on display and a major object of interest for visitors, the organization of the exhibition stands avoids creating spatial subdivisions that could detract from the building’s architecture. 

VITRA / Studio Daniel Libeskind + Pablo Slemenson Arquitetura

© Marcelo Scarpis © Marcelo Scarpis © Marcelo Scarpis © Marcelo Scarpis

Guilhermina Restaurant / FGMF Arquitetos

  • Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects In Charge: Fernando Forte, Lourenço Gimenes, Rodrigo Marcondes Ferraz
  • Area: 157.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Rafaela Netto

© Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto © Rafaela Netto

Novo Santo Amaro V Park Housing / Vigliecca&Associados

  • Architects: Vigliecca&Associados
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • Architecture & Masterplan: VIGLIECCA&ASSOC
  • Project Team: Héctor Vigliecca, Luciene Quel, Neli Shimizu, Ronald Werner, Caroline Bertoldi, Kelly Bozzato, Pedro Ichimaru, Bianca Riotto, Mayara Rocha Christ, Fábio Pittas, Thaísa Fróes, Aline Ollertz, Sérgio Faraulo, Paulo Serra, Luci Maie
  • Project Area: 13500 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti, Cortesia de VIGLIECCA&ASSOC

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

Riviera Bar / Studio MK27

  • Architects: Studio MK27
  • Location: São Paulo - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
  • Co Architects : Beatriz Meyer . Eduardo Chalabi . Diana Radomysler
  • Project Team : Eduardo Gurian
  • Area: 470.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Rômulo Fialdini

© Rômulo Fialdini © Rômulo Fialdini © Rômulo Fialdini © Rômulo Fialdini