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FHE Headquarters / MGS - Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira + Associados

01:00 - 24 January, 2014
FHE Headquarters / MGS - Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira + Associados, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 53

  • Architects

    MGS
  • Location

    Brasilia - Federal District, Brazil
  • Category

  • Associate Architects

    Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira + Associados
  • Project Area

    27630.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photography

    Leonardo Finotti, Joana França

Remembering Neimeyer: The Works of a Master

00:00 - 15 December, 2013
Remembering Neimeyer: The Works of a Master, ©  Flickr User el_floz
© Flickr User el_floz

Many architects enter the profession with hopes of creating something that outlives them, something that is bigger than themselves, that can advocate for a better world. Oscar Niemeyer was such an architect, one who fought for designs that would serve everyone. The master of Brazilian architecture passed away one year ago after complications from a previous kidney condition. In honor of what would have been his birthday today, we’ve rounded up a few of his masterpieces, from his elegant and curvy Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, his collaboration on the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the traditional spectacle space of his Sambadrome, the spiraling Niemeyer Center in Aviles, and the powerful parabolic expression in his Cathedral of Brasilia. Enjoy!

A Year Without Oscar

00:00 - 5 December, 2013
A Year Without Oscar, Niemeyer observa maquete da escola projetada em Belo Horizonte (MG). Image Courtesy of ON
Niemeyer observa maquete da escola projetada em Belo Horizonte (MG). Image Courtesy of ON

It's been exactly one year since the world first mourned the passing of a great master of 20th century architecture: Oscar Niemeyer. 

After 104 years of life, the renowned architect left a profound legacy. His works - known for their impressive curves, embrace of light, and profound relationship to their surroundings - made him an icon. Not just in Brazil, but the world.

Box House / 1:1 arquitetura:design

01:00 - 11 October, 2013
Box House / 1:1 arquitetura:design, © Edgard Cesar
© Edgard Cesar

© Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar © Edgard Cesar + 19

Night Photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia Win at the 2013 International Photography Awards

00:00 - 3 October, 2013
Night Photographs of Oscar Niemeyer’s Brasilia Win at the 2013 International Photography Awards, © Andrew Prokos
© Andrew Prokos

Night photographs of the Brazilian capital created by architectural photographer Andrew Prokos are among this year’s winners at the International Photography Awards competition. Entitled “Niemeyer’s Brasilia” the series of photographs capture the surreal architecture of Oscar Niemeyer, who shaped the Brazilian capital for over 50 years.

More fantastic photographs and information on the awards after the break.

© Andrew Prokos © Andrew Prokos © Andrew Prokos © Andrew Prokos + 7

Weston Williamson Wins Brasilia Stadium Competition with Responsive Arena

00:00 - 27 September, 2013
Weston Williamson Wins Brasilia Stadium Competition with Responsive Arena, Courtesy of bdonline, via Weston Williamson
Courtesy of bdonline, via Weston Williamson

London-based studio Weston Williamson has been announced the winner of the Brasilia Athletics Stadium competition. The international competition, associated with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, called for designers to envision a 70,000 seat stadium in the nation's capital.

Migliari Guimarães House / BLOCO Arquitetos

01:00 - 8 September, 2013
© Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami
  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasilia, Brazil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho, Matheus Seco, Rodrigo Scheel
  • Collaborators

    Daniella Rauber, Guilherme Mahana, Victor Silvério, Bruno Pessoa
  • Area

    470.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami + 36

Linhares Dias House / BLOCO Arquitetos

01:00 - 5 September, 2013
Linhares Dias House / BLOCO Arquitetos, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 40

Copaiba Residence / Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

01:00 - 26 June, 2013
© Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 28

In Niemeyer and Costa Masks, Architects Protest the City of Brasilia

00:00 - 16 January, 2013
In Niemeyer and Costa Masks, Architects Protest the City of Brasilia, © Danilo Verpa/Folhapress
© Danilo Verpa/Folhapress

Wearing masks with the faces of Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa, architects and urban planners swarmed the 50th Annual IAB (Institute of Architects of Brazil) Awards in Rio de Janeiro this week. The architects were protesting a contract the city government of Brasilia struck with a Singaporean firm to create an urban masterplan outlining the next 50 years of Brasilia's future.

Legislative Chamber of the Federal Distric / Projeto Paulista Arquitetura

00:00 - 15 January, 2013
Legislative Chamber of the Federal Distric / Projeto Paulista Arquitetura, ©  Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

©  Nelson Kon ©  Nelson Kon ©  Nelson Kon ©  Nelson Kon + 17

  • Arquitetos

  • Built Project Coordinator

    Luis Mauro Freire
  • Design Team

    Luis Mauro Freire, Maria do Carmo Vilariño, Fábio Mariz Gonçalves, Zeuler Rocha Melo de Almeida Lima, Eurico Ramos Francisco e Lívia Leite França
  • Project Area

    48,277 sqm
  • Fotografias

Multipurpose Complex Proposal / FGMF Arquitetos

03:00 - 29 December, 2012
Courtesy of FGMF Arquitetos
Courtesy of FGMF Arquitetos

Intending to create a new architectural reference for the region of Brasilia, the Multipurpose Complex becomes a new destination in the city. Designed by FGMF Arquitetos, the building creates a landmark in the landscape through the uses of retail, office buildings, and modular offices. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Brasilia Government Forges Controversial Contract with Singapore

00:00 - 12 December, 2012
Aerial View of Brasilia: Capital of Brazil
Aerial View of Brasilia: Capital of Brazil

One of the most talked-about topics of the XXIV Pan American Congress of Architects (XXIV CPA), which took place this November in Maceió, Brazil, was the Brazilian Government’s controversial move to contract consulting company Jurong, based in Singapore, with designing a new Masterplan for Brasilia.

Jurong’s "Brasilia Plan 2060,” which was chosen by the government with no outside participation or input, was criticized not only by Brazilian architects and urban planners, but by the majority of American and European professionals present at the XXIV CPA.

President of the UIA (International Union of Architects), Albert Dubler, stressed that community participation must be a crucial part of any wide-scale urban planning endeavor such as this. "We can not solve the problems of Brasilia without consulting the public. You need governance. I cannot imagine how this dialogue will happen with Singapore.” Dubler continued: “To have an idea represents 5% of a project. The design,10%. But 85% of any project is to discuss it with people - to convince the public."

The Construction of Brasilia, photos by Marcel Gautherot

00:00 - 6 December, 2012
The Construction of Brasilia, photos by Marcel Gautherot, © Marcel Gautherot
© Marcel Gautherot

Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil and icon of the brazilian modernism. Initially planned by the urbanist Lúcio Costa for 500,000 inhabitants (now lives more than 2,5 million people). Construction began in 1956 and included the most remarkable buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer, reason why Brasilia is the only city in the world built in the 20th century to be awarded the status of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

To honor the work of Oscar Niemeyer, we present after the brake some of the photos taken by the franco-brazilian photographer Marcel Gautherot during the construction of Niemeyer's emblematic buildings. Such as the Palácio do Planalto, Palácio de Alvorada (official residence of the President of Brazil), the Cathedral of Brasilia and the National Congress of Brazil.

JPGN House / Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

01:00 - 30 October, 2012
JPGN House / Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasilia, Brazil
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Danilo Matoso Macedo
  • Collaborators

    Angela Nemer, Simone Fonseca, Viviane Berlim
  • Structure

    Marcello Usai
  • Lot area

    800 sqm
  • Area

    355.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Congresso Nacional dos Municípios (CNM) Headquarters Winning Proposal / Luis Eduardo Loyola and Maria Cristina Motta

23:00 - 10 October, 2012
© Dinafex
© Dinafex

The primary condition for the first prize winning design of the new headquarters of Congresso Nacional dos Municípios (CNM) is the creation of a metropolitan area in line with the urban context of the city of Brasilia. Designed by Luis Eduardo Loyola and Maria Cristina Motta, the project is embodied along an axis in the form of a white metallic volume floating gently on a concrete basement. The transparency of the volume creates a special relation with their surroundings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Loft Bauhaus / Ana Paula Barros

00:00 - 8 June, 2012
Loft Bauhaus / Ana Paula Barros, ©  Edgard Cézar
©  Edgard Cézar

©  Edgard Cézar ©  Edgard Cézar ©  Edgard Cézar ©  Edgard Cézar + 27

Alphaville Brasilia Club House / DOMO

00:00 - 28 May, 2012
Alphaville Brasilia Club House / DOMO, © Haruo Mikami
© Haruo Mikami

© Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami © Haruo Mikami + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brasilia - Distrito Federal, Brazil
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Henrique Coutinho, Daniel Mangabeira, Matheus Seco (authors), Débora Valença, Rodrigo Scheel, Daniella Rauber (co-authors)
  • Collaborators

    Guilherme Mahana, Tatiana Lopes
  • Built Area

    1,214 sqm (building) + 9,420 sqm (sports facilities, swimming pools and parking)
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs