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Bahia Rodin Museum / Brasil Arquitetura

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

How Inverted King Post Trusses Allow for Large, Elegant Open Spaces

04:00 - 15 November, 2018
SEBRAE Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto. Image © Nelson Kon
SEBRAE Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto. Image © Nelson Kon

Inverted king post trusses are made of steel bars and cables used to reduce bending, deformation, and a trusses’ height. In other words, they are a collection of continuous beams (steel or wood) and steel cables that are positioned under the beam, supported by an upright king post. Although slender, they are suited for large spans and have small sections.

Grid House / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Alexandre Schneider Grid House / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Alexandre Schneider SEBRAE Headquarters / gruposp + Luciano Margotto. Image © Nelson Kon Grid House / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Alexandre Schneider + 17

Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards

12:00 - 11 November, 2018
Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards, © Quang Dam
© Quang Dam

© Yoon Joonhwan © Erieta Attali © Nguyen Tien Thanh © Pablo Blanco + 17

This week we present a selection of 17 excellent images of interior courtyards. These spaces bring many advantages to a design such as increased natural light and improved ventilation conditions, while providing occupants with direct access to the outside and to nature. Below is a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Quang Dam, Fran Parente, and Pablo Blanco.

Guaica Residence / Padovani Arquitetos Associados

12:00 - 7 November, 2018
Guaica Residence / Padovani Arquitetos Associados, © Nelson Kon
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House Villa-Lobos / Una Arquitetos

09:00 - 4 November, 2018
House Villa-Lobos / Una Arquitetos, © Nelson Kon
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  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Cristiane Muniz, Fabio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando Viégas
  • Area

    420.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographer

    Nelson Kon

Brazilian Houses: 15 Steel Projects in Plan and Section

08:00 - 27 October, 2018
Brazilian Houses: 15 Steel Projects in Plan and Section, Casa Claudios / Arquitetura Nacional. Image © Pedro Kok
Casa Claudios / Arquitetura Nacional. Image © Pedro Kok

Metallic elements have been used in architecture and civil construction for hundreds of years, either as decorative elements, coverings or even to reinforce masonry structures. However, it is only in the second half of the eighteenth century that the first bridges emerge whose structure was entirely made of cast iron. A century later, iron was replaced by a more resistant and malleable alloy, still used today in architecture: steel.

Denser than concrete, the strength of steel subverts its weight and provides greater stiffness with less material - allowing for lighter and thinner structures than those made from other materials, such as wood or concrete. It is by no means the most used material in residential architecture, however, its use has made it possible to construct some interesting - and beautiful - examples of contemporary houses:

House in Cotia / UNA Arquitetos

13:00 - 27 September, 2018
House in Cotia / UNA Arquitetos, © Bebete Viégas
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Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

06:00 - 9 September, 2018
Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section, Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

How many times have you been faced with the challenge of designing a cultural center? While this may seem like quite a feat, many architects have had to design a program that blends a community center with culture.

Among the projects published on our site, we have found numerous examples that highlight different responses, from flexible configurations to sites that prioritize central gathering areas for citizens and activities. See our series of 50 community centers and their plans and sections below.

17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects

08:00 - 8 September, 2018
17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects, Fio House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra
Fio House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra

Landscape architecture is responsible for the transformation and resignification of the landscape, either by enriching architecture or by bringing forth the history of the site. As with buildings, when we design with vegetation it allows us to work a series of stimuli, qualities, and functions.  

Architecture Photos That Show Good Design Goes with Good Boys

13:45 - 26 August, 2018
Architecture Photos That Show Good Design Goes with Good Boys, Casa Dox / Mjölk architekti. Image © BoysPlayNice
Casa Dox / Mjölk architekti. Image © BoysPlayNice

Casa La Quinta / Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Miguel Vargas, Blas Treviño, Jorge Quiroga . Image © Rafael Gamo Casas Catalinas / Agustín Lozada. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte MK5 House / ORTRAUM. Image © Marc Goodwin Unleashed Dog Spa / Square One Interiors. Image © Ihor Pona + 33

Are you a cat or dog lover? At ArchDaily we know that you're as big an animal lover as we are. They inspire us, keep us company, and in the case of architectural photography, give us an idea of a structure's scale. We previously made a collection of photographs starring cats and architecture, and we could never forget our dog-loving readers. We bring you a collection of photographs where dogs take center stage.

The 13 Best Plants for Your Apartment... And How To Keep Them Alive

06:00 - 23 August, 2018
The 13 Best Plants for Your Apartment... And How To Keep Them Alive, Thong House / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS. Image © Hiroyuki Oki
Thong House / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

Plants are excellent elements to add in architecture and built spaces. However, when it comes to indoor environments, which usually receive less natural light and ventilation, certain species are resistant to adaptation. 

Therefore, when thinking about species for indoors – be it a home, apartment or commercial space – some species are better than others. We have selected the best 13 indoor plants for your home.