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Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Fernando Guerra has been a pioneer in the way architecture is photographed and divulged. Fifteen years ago, he opened studio FG+SG together with his brother, and both are responsible in large part for the diffusion of Portuguese contemporary architecture in the last fifteen years.

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36 Architecture Firms from the Global South You Should Know

© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographe
© Zhou Ruogu/Savoye Photographe

Countries that are part of the so-called “global south” have undergone many transformations in their cities and urban contexts in recent years due to the economic and social challenges they face. Urban growth, sustainable development, quality of life and health in emerging cities, and the development of their own cultural identity have been some of the issues that local architecture had to incorporate.

Young architects have understood the importance of making an architecture that is deeply rooted in their own territory while giving this architecture a clear local identity. By generating new typologies and using their own resources and materials, they have presented innovative, site-specific and, above all, solutions with a new fresh focus towards what represents them as creators of this architecture.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Tomás Rodríguez © Fernando Schapochnik © Maurice Ascani + 38

Cross Ventilation, the Chimney Effect and Other Concepts of Natural Ventilation

Sarah Kubitschek Hospital Salvador / João Filgueiras Lima. Image © Nelson Kon
Sarah Kubitschek Hospital Salvador / João Filgueiras Lima. Image © Nelson Kon

Nothing is more rational than using the wind, a natural, free, renewable and healthy resource, to improve the thermal comfort of our projects. The awareness of the finiteness of the resources and the demand for the reduction in the energy consumption has removed air-conditioning systems as the protagonist of any project. Architects and engineers are turning to this more passive system to improve thermal comfort. It is evident that there are extreme climates in which there is no escape, or else the use of artificial systems, but in a large part of the terrestrial surface it is possible to provide a pleasant flow of air through the environments by means of passive systems, especially if the actions are considered during the project stage.

This is a highly complex theme, but we have approached some of the concepts exemplifying them with built projects. A series of ventilation systems can help in the projects: natural cross ventilation, natural induced ventilation, chimney effect and evaporative cooling, which combined with the correct use of constructive elements allows improvement in thermal comfort and decrease in energy consumption.

VN Ferreira Lobo Building / Studio Arthur Casas

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 25

São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6826.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Spotlight: Paulo Mendes da Rocha

All space must be attached to a value, to a public dimension. There is no private space. The only private space that you can imagine is the human mind.
Paulo Mendes da Rocha, May 26, 2004

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is one of Brazil's greatest architects and urbanists. Born in Vitória, Espírito Santo in 1928, Mendes da Rocha won the 2006 Pritzker Prize, and is one of the most representative architects of the Brazilian Paulista School, also known as "Paulista Brutalism" that utilizes more geometric lines, rougher finishes and bulkier massing than other Brazilian Modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer.

Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE). Image © Paul Clemence New Leme Gallery. Image © Leonardo Finotti Cais das Artes. Image Courtesy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha Museu dos Coches. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 13

Nouveau Lisbon Building / SQ+ Arquitetos Associados

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 28

Lisbon, Portugal

Jardim Guedala Building / Studio Arthur Casas

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 22

  • Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3815.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Pombal Castle's Visitor Centre / COMOCO

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 24

Pombal, Portugal
  • Architects: COMOCO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1200.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

818 Building / A.As - Arquitetos Associados

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 56

Torre D'Angolo Educational Building / Krausbeck architetto + GSMM architetti

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Davide Spreafico © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 37

Mendrisio, Switzerland

House on the horizon / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 45

Alicante, Spain

Walk-in Showers Without Doors or Curtains: Design Tips and Examples

Because it doesn't include a bathtub, or require doors, screens, or curtains, the walk-in shower often makes bathrooms appear larger, cleaner, and more minimalist. 

However, some precautions must be taken when designing them. Most importantly, the shower cannot be left completely open, even if it appears to be at first glance. Most designs incorporate a tempered glass that prevents water from "bouncing" out of the shower space, subtly closing the area. When this transparent division doesn't have a frame, the appearance of fungi due to accumulation of water and moisture becomes less likely.

Casa de monte / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa Fagerstrom House / Claesson Koivisto Rune. Image © Åke E:son Lindman AUTOHAUS / Matt Fajkus Architecture. Image © Charles Davis Smith Pombal / AZO. Sequeira Arquitectos Associados. Image © Nelson Garrido + 28

House in Lisbon / ARX Portugal

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 41

Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architects: ARX PORTUGAL
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 436.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

LuxMare Houses / Mário Martins Atelier

© Fernando Guerra FG+SG © Fernando Guerra FG+SG © Fernando Guerra FG+SG © Fernando Guerra FG+SG + 66

Lagos, Portugal

GGL House / Studio AG Arquitetura

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 44

São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects: Studio AG Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 450.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Chambre de Métiers et de l'Artisanat / KAAN Architecten + PRANLAS-DESCOURS architect + associates

© Sebastian van Damme © Fernando Guerra FG+SG © Fernando Guerra FG+SG © Fernando Guerra FG+SG + 30

Diamond Tree / 3ndy Studio

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 67

Ponzano, Italy
  • Architects: 3ndy Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 550.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018