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Cobogo: The Latest Architecture and News

Cobogós and Tiles: Designer Affectively Maps the Architecture of Olinda, Brazil

In the Historic Center of Olinda, a Brazilian municipality in the state of Pernambuco, architecture borrows shapes and colors from nature; cobogós perforations on the balconies look like round leaves and fruits, while the railings spiral with a hint of twisted flowers. The colors of the earth and sky also reappear in the floors, backyards, kitchens, and rooms of colonial houses, coating them in shades of brown and blue.

Torto House / Taguá Arquitetura

© Leonardo Giantomasi© Leonardo Giantomasi© Leonardo Giantomasi© Leonardo Giantomasi+ 34

  • Architects: Taguá Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2852 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Alumi, Ceramic Portinari, Guerdau, Roca, Samsung, +3

Cobogós: A Brief History and Its Uses

© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon

In the tropics, the sunlight falls generously. The leaked elements draw the shadow on floors and walls, an effect that transforms the entire environment for those who see it from the outside and inside. With the changing seasons and throughout the course of the day, natural light comes in different ways as it adds new components to architecture. In the course of the night, the artificial light passes through the small openings from the inside to the outside, making a sort of urban lamp that interacts with the shadows of its users and furniture. 

In addition to its function, the cobogó brings a certain poetic feel to any architectural project. Here, we have highlighted this Brazilian creation, to briefly shed light on its history and to present a selection of projects that adopt this element. 

© Rafael Gamo© Bruno Helbling© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Adrià Goula+ 18