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'Harmonia 57', photo by Leonardo Finotti

The Sao Paulo based practice Triptyque Architecture recently unveiled this contorted studio in the heart of an artistic neighborhood in their hometown. Its facade is characterised by a comprehensive tube-system where the rain and soil water are drained, treated and reused, creating a complex ecosystem.

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Museum of Memory and Human Rights, photo by Cristobal Palma

The Brazilian architectural practice Estudio America realised the new building of the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago de Chile. The competition was arranged by the Chilean Ministry of Public Works, Dirección de Arquitectura, Comisión Presidencial de los Derechos Humanos. The monolithic building is based on two major elements: the Exposition Beam and the Base. The first, elevated and airy, forms the exhibition space of the museum. The other, the Base, in a first step deep as a mine, where the study, the production, the invention, the seminars, the knowledge of the land and the territory are located.

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Sergio Rodrigues,Tonico chair; photo © Brazilian Modern

As part of this year’s ‘Fuori Salone’ in Milan, the ‘relics’ of the Brazilian Modernism were displayed in a church near the city’s Porta Romana: rare pieces by the so-called ‘Tropical Modernists’ of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The construction of Brasilia and the visionary ideas of architects Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa laid the path for ‘Brazilian Modernism’, which is almost unknown in Europe.

'Brazilian Modern' exhibition at Spazio Miticoro, Milan

When Le Corbusier first visited Rio de Janeiro in 1929, he found Brazil fascinating, but rural and provincial. Although he gave a few lectures, these were reserved for a small, highly educated circle that was able to follow his talks in French. Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer were among these few; they would later come to define Brazilian Modernism.
It was also they who made a stunning entrance with the Brazilian Pavilion for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. This was followed in 1943 by the ‘Brazil Builds’ exhibition at MOMA, which in turn was followed by the touring exhibition in Europe of the same name, which brought developments in Brazil to the attention of architects from the northern hemisphere.

Re-edition of Dinamarquesa armchair, design: Jorge Zalszupin; photo © Etel

The construction of planned city Brasilia in the 1950s was the high point of Brazilian Modernism: the new town, or rather new capital, can still be considered as the largest building project of all time. But many other well-known and lesser-known modernists worked alongside the internationally renowned architects Costa and Niemeyer, whose work we examine here.

JacJaranda and wool fabric chairs, designer: John Graz; photo © Brazilian Modern

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'PMR' chaise longue by

'PMR' chaise longue by Paulo Mendes da Rocha for Objekto

It’s probably safe to say that the chaise longue isn’t an object-type that sits at the top of the list when it comes to its actual daily use. But, for some reason, it continues to attract the imagination of product designers. Perhaps it is due to its sculptural nature, echoing the form of the body; or because of its memorable exploration by such Modernists as Charlotte Perriand and Lily Reich.

'PMR'

'PMR' chaise longue by Paulo Mendes da Rocha for Objekto

At any rate, Brazilian architect and designer Paulo Mendes da Rocha has created an extremely elegant, thin sheet-steel chaise longue, whose real beauty becomes apparent when it is viewed in profile: the piece turns into a highly graphic set of lines and a dot.

 

to the Objet & Maison 2010 highlights report on Architonic


'PMR' chaise longue by Paulo Mendes da Rocha for Objekto

'PMR' chaise longue by Paulo Mendes da Rocha for Objekto

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

The São Paolo based aum arquitectos realised this restoration of an old railway station in Araras, Brazil, after winning the competition which was organised by the Brazilian Institute of Architects (IAB) along with the Bienal Foundation in 2003. The finished project – the old railway station was converted into a cultural centre – will be presented at the 8th BIA – International Biannual of Architecture in São Paulo, Brazil, that will be open 31th october.

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

“The development of the region occurred as a result of the railway system that was spreading out, and this Station from Companhia Paulista served for several years for the transport of passenger and afterward gave place entirely to the transportation of stowage. With the inactivation of the passenger transport the Station went through a severe process of deterioration and part of the history of Araras was being erased.”

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Araras Cultural Center by aum arquitectos

Built area: 2000 m2

Terrain: 10000m2

Architects: aum arquitectos + Andre Luque and Fernando Botton

to the aum arquitectos website

Livraria da Vila, São Paulo by Isay Weinfeild Architects

Livraria da Vila, São Paulo by Isay Weinfeild Architects

This innovative new bookstore for São Paulo, designed by Isay Weinfeild Architects is one of the entries of this month’s WAN Awards.

“The Livraria da Vila is the result of the refurbishment of a two-story house, built on a very narrow plot in São Paulo. From the start, it was clear to the architects that an open plan was needed, as to better arrange products and circulation. For that reason, significant structural alterations were performed to the existing building, such as the incorporation of metal parts that would make it possible to displace the pillars to the outer sections of the building, and reinforce its foundations.”

Livraria da Vila in Sao Paolo

Livraria da Vila in Sao Paolo

“The inclusion of one extra level, the basement, allowed for the setting up of an entire floor exclusively for children, in addition to a small auditorium to hold courses and lectures.

The shop’s designers believe that in a commercial venue, a project must always be developed to enhance the product, its in-store merchandising, and its sales. There are, undoubtedly, innumerable ways to achieve this goal, and it is probably the nature of the approach that distinguishes each project. Isay Weinfeld Architects, in particular, strive for solutions that will allow customers to experience the product as comfortably as possible.”

Livraria da Vila in São Paulo

Livraria da Vila in São Paulo

more information at World Architecture News

to the Isay Weinfeild Architects website

Thu 1.10.

Bahia House in Brazil by Gaetano Pesce

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 01.10.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

Bahia House by Gaetano Pesce

Bahia House by Gaetano Pesce

Italian-born, New York-based designer / artist / architect Gaetano Pesce is known the world over for his unconventional, avant-garde, and imaginative architectural designs. He’s a rule breaker with a passion for color, shape, and state-of-the-art technology, which is evident in his recent architectural phenomenon on the beaches of Bahia, Brazil.

Bahia House by Gaetano Pesce

Bahia House by Gaetano Pesce

Pesce’s private vacation home (dubbed Casa do Artista), is visually stimulating and over-the-top, but at the same time, in some ways, economically sensible. The exterior is covered in multi-colored glass and tiles to resemble fish scales, while the interior is constructed from some of the area’s local resources. For example, one of the pavilions is made from rubber, which is locally manufactured, and has been infused with lavender to mask the rubber’s scent. (Can you imagine? Scented architecture!) Interested? These digs are for sale by Sotheby’s Realty, as the designer just doesn’t have the time to jaunt to Brazil as often as he would like.

Bahia House by Gaetano Pesce

Bahia House by Gaetano Pesce

Bahia House by Gaetano Pesce

Bahia House by Gaetano Pesce

Bahia Hose by Gaetano Pesce

Bahia Hose by Gaetano Pesce

via @ Dezona

Gaetano Pesce products @ Architonic

Mon 21.9.

Paraty House in Paraty / Brazil by Marcio Kogan

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 21.09.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

Paraty House by Marcio Kogan

Paraty House by Marcio Kogan

There is a legend, which says that the region of the colonial city of Paraty and Angra dos Reis (between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) has 365 islands, one for each day of the year. Two boxes of reinforced concrete, rest fixed connected on the mountainside of one of these islands; two modern prisms between the large colossal stones of the Brazilian coast. This is Paraty House designed by Marcio Kogan Architects from Brasil.

Paraty House by Marcio Kogan

Paraty House by Marcio Kogan

The volumes project outward from the mountain, almost abreast of the beach, in an 8-meters cantilever. The house, of structural ingenuity, finds balance in the topography of the land, constituting an extensive open doorway and living space in the practically untouched nature. In the rocks of Paraty, in the dense rain forest of the island, poisonous spiders discover this orthogonal volume and penetrate the grass that coats the slab. Moving their fore and hind legs quickly, they reclaim the site. The spiders continue on their way into the house and penetrate into an important furniture collection of the XX century designed, among others, by George Nakashima, Luis Barragan, Lina Bo Bardi, Sérgio Rodrigues, Joaquim Tenreiro and José Zanine Caldas. The spiders become lost in the upholstered chair.

Paraty House by Marcio Kogan

Paraty House by Marcio Kogan

The inhabitants arrive by boat: the entrance to the house, already protected by the slab, after stepping on the sand, is via a metallic bridge positioned over a crystal-lined reflecting pool. The bridge leads to stairs connecting to the lower volume. This volume contains part of the program of the house: living room, kitchen and service area. The continual internal area has a 27-meter span and huge glass windows allow for the view, the sea.

The same entrance stairs lead to the upper volume, which lodges the bedrooms. In the front part of the house, retractile panels of eucalyptus sticks protect the bedrooms from the sun. The spaces that face the mountain have small internal patios with zenithal lighting and the use of exposed reinforced concrete grants a striking texture to the walls.

The entire top of the house is covered with terraces, observatories for the inhabitants, for the poisonous spiders, or garden for the sculptures and for the medicinal plants and edible herbs.

Paraty House by Marcio Kogan

Paraty House by Marcio Kogan

Location: Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Project: January 2008

Conclusion: May 2009

Site area: 50000 m2

Builted area: 1050 m2

Author: Marcio Kogan

co-author: Suzana Glogowski

Interior design co-authors: Diana Radomysler, Carolina Castroviejo

Team: Beatriz Meyer, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo

Landscape architect: Gil Fialho

General contractor: Lock Engenharia, Arq. Andressa Donadio, Eng. Romolo Germano

Structure engineer: sf engenharia, Eng. Otávio de Souza Gomes

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‘Osler House’ in Brasilia / Brazil by Marcio Kogan

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