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RFC Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

16:00 - 15 July, 2019
RFC Residence / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
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School and Daycare Projects for Different Climates

05:00 - 4 July, 2019
School and Daycare Projects for Different Climates, HN Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Toshinari Soga (studio BAUHAUS)
HN Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Toshinari Soga (studio BAUHAUS)

European children spend approximately 200 days a year at primary school. Even though the academic year in most parts of the world is not as long as in Europe, the place where children and adolescents spend the most time, following their own homes, is usually in educational institutions. These can be places for learning, playing and socializing, and as sad as it may be, they can also be safer places for children living in environments of abandonment, hunger, and violence, providing them with opportunities and even meals. A United Kingdom-wide survey found that the differences in physical characteristics of classrooms accounted for 16% of the variations in learning progress over the course of a year. In other words, the better a classroom is designed, the better children perform academically. According to the study, the factors that most affect children are sunlight, indoor air quality, acoustic environment, temperature, the design of the classroom itself and the stimulation within it.

François Mitterrand High School / Jean Dubus + José Luiz Tabith

16:00 - 27 June, 2019
François Mitterrand High School / Jean Dubus + José Luiz Tabith, © Nelson Kon
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Spotlight: Norman Foster

12:00 - 1 June, 2019
Spotlight: Norman Foster, Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young
Spaceport America. Image © Nigel Young

Arguably the leading name of a generation of internationally high-profile British architects, Norman Foster (born 1 June 1935)—or to give him his full title Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank of Reddish, OM, HonFREng—gained recognition as early as the 1970s as a key architect in the high-tech movement, which continues to have a profound impact on architecture as we know it today.

Queen Alia International Airport. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners The Gherkin . Image © Nigel Young Hearst Tower. Image © Chuck Choi Beijing Airport. Image © Foster + Partners + 46

Roof Waterproofing with Water: A Solution by ‘Brasil Arquitetura’

04:00 - 28 May, 2019
Roof Waterproofing with Water: A Solution by ‘Brasil Arquitetura’, Cortesia de Brasil Arquitetura
Cortesia de Brasil Arquitetura

During the modern period, the buildings that used the traditional sloping roofs with tiles, draining the waters as quickly as possible, have begun to give way to the well-known 'waterproof flat roofs.' In spite of delivering a clean aesthetic to the project, allowing the use of the last slab as a space for living and contemplation, this solution can become a headache for its occupants if its execution and design are not careful. It is no accident that there have been infiltrations in famous modern buildings, such as the Vile Savoye or the Farnsworth House, designed by great masters of architecture. Currently, the civil construction industry has developed more sophisticated products and techniques that drastically reduce the chances of subsequent infiltration. However, we could say that waterproof flat slabs continue to be fragile points in buildings. The architects from Brasil Arquitetura have improved an inventive and very simple solution to avoid infiltrations in flat slabs, much used in the 70's by architects like Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Ruy Ohtake, filling them with vegetation.

Accordion Doors And Windows: Opening Façades To The Outside

07:00 - 9 May, 2019
Accordion Doors And Windows: Opening Façades To The Outside, © Nelson Kon
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As ingenious solutions for environments that require additional space and ventilation, articulated or accordion doors and windows operate by folding their leafs one over the other and onto the sides of the opening. They moving via upper and lower rails which can be embedded into masonry and allow separation and integration rooms while adding aesthetic value to the project.

This system generates a similar effect to that of a sliding door or window, but it differs in that all its leafs remain in the same plane when they are closed, giving a clean appearance to the façade.

Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc

04:30 - 5 May, 2019
Spotlight: Christian de Portzamparc, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © Wade Zimmerman
Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © Wade Zimmerman

Born on the 5th of May 1944 in what was at the time the French Protectorate of Morocco, French architect Christian de Portzamparc had doubts about continuing with architecture while studying in the 1960s, questioning modernist ideals and the discipline's lack of freedom compared to art. Instead, he spent a decade attempting to understand the role of architecture, before returning triumphantly with a new model of iterative urban design that emphasized open neighborhoods based around landmark "poles of attraction" and a varied series of high-profile commissions that combine a sense of purpose and place.

The French Embassay, Berlin. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Berlin,_Mitte,_Pariser_Platz,_Botschaft_Frankreich.jpg'>Wikimedia user Jörg Zägel</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a> Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/borkurdotnet/5696828844'>Flickr user borkurdotnet</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> Chateau Cheval Blanc Winer, Saint-Émilion. Image © Erik Saillet La  Musée Hergé, Louvain-la-Neuve. Image © Nicolás Borel + 17

New Headquarters of the Shalom Community / Brasil Arquitetura

14:00 - 22 April, 2019
New Headquarters of the Shalom Community / Brasil Arquitetura, © Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Fiandeiras, 295 - Itaim Bibi, São Paulo - SP, 04545-001, Brazil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Francisco Fanucci, Marcelo Ferraz and Gabriel Grinspum
  • Area

    4300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Exploring Architecture through Performance, Photography and Fashion

13:00 - 24 March, 2019
Exploring Architecture through Performance, Photography and Fashion, Courtesy of Alberto Kalach
Courtesy of Alberto Kalach

© Miguel de Guzmán © Hey! Cheese © Imagen Subliminal © Dmitry Tsyrencshikov + 53

The purpose of architectural photography is to show a design in the best possible way, with the artform often characterized by perspective correction and atmospheric lighting. However, few architectural photographers have experimented with other artistic disciplines. Miguel de Guzmán, Paul Vu and Jules Couartou are among those who have challenged the limits of this form of photography, generating an interesting crossover between architecture photography, fashion and performances. In their images, the relationship between space and the user is shown through a scene designed to register an effect on the viewer. The results are images which are full of creativity.

The Possibilities of Pigmented Concrete: 18 Buildings Infused With Color

04:00 - 18 February, 2019
The Possibilities of Pigmented Concrete: 18 Buildings Infused With Color, Center for Interpretation of The Battle of Atoleiros / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos + Oficina Ideias em Linha. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Center for Interpretation of The Battle of Atoleiros / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos + Oficina Ideias em Linha. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

When we think of concrete, the color gray generally comes to mind. The traditional mixture of concrete, which comprises cement, gravel, sand, and water may vary in color depending on elements and admixtures but naturally varies from light to dark gray. However, compounds that add pigment to the mixture are becoming increasingly prevalent and popular,  as they infuse the concrete with hues more stable than paint. These shades result from the addition of oxides:  yellow, red and their derivations (eg. brown) are obtained with the addition of iron oxide; chromium and cobalt oxide create the greens and blues, respectively. For black concrete, it is common to use black iron oxide and carbon oxide combined with pozzolanic cement.

Centro Cultural Comunitário Teotitlán del Valle / PRODUCTORA. Image © Luis Gallardo - LGM Studio Museu Cais do Sertão / Brasil Arquitetura. Image © Nelson Kon Residência Montagnola / Attilio Panzeri & Partners. Image © Giorgio Marafioti Galería Solar S. Roque / Manuel Maia Gomes. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 19

Bahia Rodin Museum / Brasil Arquitetura

10:00 - 8 February, 2019
© Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

  • Location

    R. da Graça, 284 - Graça, Salvador - BA, 40150-480, Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Francisco Fanucci, Marcelo Ferraz and Cícero Ferraz Cruz
  • Design Team

    Albert Sugai, Bruno Levy, Gabriel Grinspum and Rodrigo Izecson
  • Area

    3055.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2002
  • Photographs

Cais do Sertão Museum / Brasil Arquitetura

13:00 - 13 January, 2019
Cais do Sertão Museum / Brasil Arquitetura, © Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Alfredo Lisboa, 10 - Recife, PE, 50030-030, Brazil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Francisco Fanucci, Marcelo Ferraz
  • Co-Authors

    Pedro Del Guerra, Cícero Ferraz Cruz, Luciana Dornellas
  • Area

    5000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Material and Immaterial Poetry: The Work of Lina Bo Bardi

09:30 - 5 January, 2019
Material and Immaterial Poetry: The Work of Lina Bo Bardi, Facade - Valéria Cirell House. Image © Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi.
Facade - Valéria Cirell House. Image © Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi.

Italian-born architect Lina Bo Bardi is one of the most important figures of Brazilian design. Her ability to blend architecture, politics and popular culture made her an icon throughout the country and world, while her relentlessness to break from traditionalisms made Brazil the ideal location for her work.

Bo Bardi's architecture incorporates both materiality and culture. In addition to the concrete and solidified elements, she designed pieces based on cultural factors and intense political discussions. She wished to break the barriers between intellectuals and everyday people.

Guesthouse Paraty / CRU! Architects

10:00 - 24 December, 2018
Guesthouse Paraty / CRU! Architects, © Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Sven Mouton
  • Collaborators

    Community eco-builders cooperative Cambur (bamburi)
  • Area

    645.8 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

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

02:30 - 20 December, 2018
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.

Community Center Camburi / CRU! Architects

12:00 - 3 December, 2018
Community Center Camburi / CRU! Architects, © Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ubatuba - State of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Sven Mouton
  • Collaborators

    Reintje Jacobs, Jan Detavernier, Britt Christiaense
  • Area

    1883.68 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Prefabricated Public Schools: 7 Brazilian Projects in Plan and Section

05:00 - 22 November, 2018
Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon
Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon

Great school design is more than just a good piece of architecture. Particularly in vulnerable areas with poor public infrastructure, schools symbolize the role of the state and education as a transforming agent for social improvement. They can also become areas for community life, sports, courses, among other uses. Unfortunately, these projects do not always receive the attention they deserve. 

Schools require diverse and complex programs and flows, therefore, developing an educational project is one of the greatest challenges for architects. Due to the economy, rationalization, and speed of work, Brazil's largest portion of school projects are designed from prefabricated concrete elements with rigid modulations and, in rare cases, steel. But what may seem to limit at first, can actually become an exercise in structural creativity. 

In an attempt to elucidate the systems used to materialize these projects, we've selected a compilation of seven prefabricated schools in plan and section to create incredible spaces for learning. 

Art Gallery Catuçaba / CRU! Architects

12:00 - 21 November, 2018
Art Gallery Catuçaba / CRU! Architects, © Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Catuçaba, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Sven Mouton
  • Area

    1184.03 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs