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Cultural Centers, Museums, and Galleries: Ancient Buildings Transformed into Art Spaces in Latin America

Many buildings often fall into disuse due to our cities' constant economic, social, and technological changes. The programmatic inconsistency of current times demands great versatility and adaptability from our infrastructures, increasingly leading projects to become uninhabited, and left to abandonment and decay.

Next, we present a series of 20 Latin American projects in which old warehouses, homes, prisons, mills, and markets were recovered and transformed into Cultural Centers, Museums, and Galleries.

Abóbada House / Obra Arquitetos

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São José dos Campos, Brazil
  • Architects: Obra Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  515
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023

Castelatto Pavilion / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos Associados

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Atibaia, Brazil

Renzo House / Obra Arquitetos

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  • Architects: Obra Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2207 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Daolio e Valente Madeiras, Selecta Blocos, Solidus Mármores e Granitos

Bambu Atmosfera Residential Building / Perkins&Will

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Ubatuba, Brazil
  • Architects: Perkins&Will
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5900
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Artcolor, Concresteel, Coopermax, Estrudena, Estrudena, +12

18th Region Labour Complex / Atelier Daniel Corsi + Dani Hirano + Nishimura Estúdio de Arquitetura

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Goiânia, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  83000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Sherwin-Williams, AG, Ambianch, Atlas Schindler, Beaulieu, Interface, +26

From Stone Walls to Skyscrapers: Understanding Structural Masonry

The Monadnock Building in Chicago began construction in 1891 and is still in use today. The building features a somber facade without ornamentation and a colossal height - at the time - of 16 floors. It is considered the first skyscraper built in structural masonry, with ceramic bricks and a granite base. To support the entire load of the building, the structural walls on the ground floor are 1.8 meters thick, and at the top, 46 centimeters. One hundred and thirty years later, this construction system remains common and allows for the erection of taller buildings with much thinner walls, accomplishing even new architectural works economically and rationally. But what is structural masonry about, and how can designers use it in architectural projects? And for what kinds of buildings is this system most suitable?

Etapa Vila Mascote School / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos

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São Paulo, Brazil

Suki House / Obra Arquitetos

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São José dos Campos, Brazil
  • Architects: Obra Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  341
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2023
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Cortesia Concreto, Daolio , Dânica, Ferragem Fácil, Hikari Vidros, +3