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newsletter 2015 #20

27.08.2015

newsletter 2015 #20

Paulo Mendes da Rocha + Metro - Aesop Oscar Freire, São Paulo SP, Brazil

The Australian company of skin, hair and body care products has recently opened a new store on the glamorous Oscar Freire street, in São Paulo. Following the tradition of inviting renowned architects, for this commission they called a Pritzker and a young practice. The result, as it happened in previous works of this selected team, is both elegant and simple. The main feature of the project is the ameba shaped display case, that cantilevers at the center of the space. The rest of the elements, including the neutral facade, are arranged in a way that they don´t interfere with the presence of the strange object. The floor, made of a traditional tile called Ladrilho Hidráulico, also plays an important role, as an interesting background for the composition.
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18.08.2015

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hanspeter müller, müller & naegelin architekten bsa – paradieskirche, binningen, switzerland

hanging lights bring scale to the space, and they contrast with the massive construction
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17.08.2015

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schneider&schneider – aarenau housing, aarau, switzerland

Such a difficult subject the collective housing, and yet in Switzerland we keep finding excellent examples, like this one.
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17.08.2015

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schneider&schneider – apostolic church, zofingen, switzerland

Strangely in Switzerland one can find many contemporary religious projects. This one mixes the abstraction and the use of natural light
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17.08.2015

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schneider&schneider – hospital parking, frauenfeld, switzerland

Schneider&Schneider take any chance to refine their pure language, as it happened in this simple parking.
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14.08.2015

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flora manteola, javier sanchez gomez, josefina santos, justo solsona, carlos sallaberry, rafael vinoly – conjunto rioja, buenos aires, argentina

A new image of Rioja Complex will be part of the new show Leonardo Finotti is preparing to be exhibited at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires.
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14.08.2015

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kisho kurokawa – nakagin capsule tower, tokyo, japan

symbol of the Japanese Metabolism is this famous tower located in Shimbashi district of Tokyo. Leonardo shot it during his travel for the exhibition on Niemeyer
newsletter 2015 #18

13.08.2015

newsletter 2015 #18

Way - Moinho Villa, Valinhos Sp, Brazil

Today´s newsletter features Moinho Villa, a single family house located in Valinhos, 80 km away from São Paulo. The project, which occupies a sloping plot, was designed by WAY, young practice based in London and Campinas. The construction shares the double condition of being rooted in the back side and, at the same time, cantilevering across the front yard. This situation allows to live in contact with the ground in the backyard and, at the same time, to appreciate the sunset and panorama of gentle hills. 
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11.08.2015

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arthur casas – toro restaurant, los cabos, mexico

Leonardo payed a quick visit to Mexico to shot this amazing restaurant in a very dry but poetic area.
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27.07.2015

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summa+ – #143

cover of the previous issue of summa is aigai spa, by mário figueroa. Besides you can see in this same issue firma casa store and tuju restaurant projects
newsletter 2015 #17

23.07.2015

newsletter 2015 #17

oscar niemeyer: the man who built brasilia exhibition at mot

As we announced in our latest newsletter Leonardo Finotti traveled to Japan to attend the inauguration of the exhibition on Oscar Niemeyer at Museum of contemporary art of Tokyo (MOT), where several images of his massive collection on the great Brazilian architect are highlighted. The show, designed by famous Japanese practice SANAA includes big scale abstract models, and a large mockup of the Ibirapuera park, one of Niemeyer´s most important projects. The event is part of the Brazilian Cultural Festival in Japan 2015 / 2016 and is co-organized by Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo.
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22.07.2015

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artforum #52

featuring masp, espirito santo do cerrado church, sesc pompéia, glass house, solar do unhão projects.
revisited

21.07.2015

revisited

affonso reidy, burle marx – pedregulho residential complex, rio de janeiro rj, brazil

leonardo finotti revisited the pedregulho complex after the completion of its process of restoration
newsletter 2015 #16

16.07.2015

newsletter 2015 #16

Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia, exhibition at MOT, Tokyo, Japan

The topic of today´s newsletter is the upcoming exhibition on Oscar Niemeyer´s work in Japan. The show is curated by famous Japanese practice SANAA and will be hosted at the Museum of contemporary art of Tokyo (MOT). The huge collection of Niemeyer images by Leonardo Finotti has an important role in the exhibition, and for that reason Finotti is traveling to Tokyo to be part of the opening, next saturday. Images of the show could de expected soon!
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10.07.2015

updated

marcos acayaba – hélio olga house, são paulo sp, brazil

new images of engineer Hélio Olga house
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10.07.2015

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loeb capote – danone factory, poços de caldas mg, brazil

images of the work in progress, showing a poetry relationship between the metallic structures and the mountains
newsletter 2015 #15

09.07.2015

newsletter 2015 #15

Bernardes Arquitetura - Anibal Building, Rio de Janeiro RJ, Brazil

Today´s newsletter presents the latest project designed by Bernardes Arquitetura. This is Anibal, an office building located in Rio de Janeiro. The three-storey construction is dressed with a metallic white lattice, interplaying with the strong sun of Rio. During night hours the light comes out like a lantern. 
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07.07.2015

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vapor 324 – apartment in joao moura, sao paulo sp, brazil

Young practice Vapor324 were responsible for the refurbishment of this apartment, belonging to an old slum tenement of 1920s, and located on João Moura street, in São Paulo, and next to Nitsche´s building
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06.07.2015

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archea – archea studio, sao paulo sp, brazil

archea is an architectural net with studios in 7 different countries. Since 2011 they are working in Brazil, and now have inaugurated his new studio at Vila Madalena neighbourhood
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30.06.2015

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david libeskind – conjunto nacional building, são paulo sp, brazil

new images of the iconic modern building on Av. Paulista
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26.06.2015

updated

rio de janeiro aerial views, brazil

new images added to this section on rio´s aerial views
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26.06.2015

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reinach mendonça – office in botafogo, rio de janeiro rj, brazil

Leonardo traveled to Rio to shot this nice and extremely well situated office project
newsletter 2015 #14

25.06.2015

newsletter 2015 #14

Vilanova Artigas Centenary

This newsletter celebrates that 100 years ago architect João Batista Vilanova Artigas was born in Curitiba, Brazil. He was one of the most notable and influential brazilian architects, and perhaps the main figure in the so called Escola Paulista. Artigas´ masterpiece was the school of architecture for the University of São Paulo, the FAU. This concrete mother ship worked as a school itself, setting some of the codes of the Escola Paulista, like the special role of the structure. Today we show new images of this classic!
vilanova artigas centenary

23.06.2015

vilanova artigas centenary

vilanova artigas, carlos cascaldi – fau-usp, são paulo sp, brazil

100 years ago, João Batista Vilanova Artigas was born in Curitiba, Brazil, and he was one of the most notable and influential Brazilian architect. We are glad to be celebrating his centenary today! Soon we will be showing a new work on his masterpiece, the FAU building. Check Vilanova Artigas profile on our website here.
vilanova artigas centenary

22.06.2015

vilanova artigas centenary

vilanova artigas, carlos cascaldi – rubens de mendonça house, são paulo sp, brazil

Only one day left to Vilanova Artigas´ centenary celebration!
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22.06.2015

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reinach mendonça, henrique reinach, maurício mendonça – office in botafogo, rio de janeiro rj, brazil

amazing office space overlooking the Botafogo bay in Rio de Janeiro
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22.06.2015

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lisandro piloni – apartment in perdizes, sao paulo sp, brazil

take a look at this interesting mix in this interior in são paulo
newsletter 2015 #13

18.06.2015

newsletter 2015 #13

Mareines+Patalano - MOPI Primary School, Rio de Janeiro RJ Brazil

Today´s newsletter features the second phase of construction (and so the second photography essay) of MOPI School in Rio de Janeiro, designed by the studio conducted by Ivo Mareines and Rafael Patalano. In their architecture they freely combine images of traditional wood construction and a contemporary expressionism, achieving an own organic language.
vilanova artigas centenary

17.06.2015

vilanova artigas centenary

vilanova artigas – architect´s second house, são paulo sp, brazil

While we edit a new essay on Vilanova Artigas´ masterpiece, the FAU (after its recent restoration!), we are still showing some of his projects, in the week before of his centenary.
sad news

15.06.2015

sad news

aurelio martinez flores

We have just heard about the desease of Brazilian-based Mexican architect Aurelio Martínez Flores. R.I.P.
vilanova artigas centenary

14.06.2015

vilanova artigas centenary

vilanova artigas – tulio espindola de castro school, jaú sp, brazil

As announced at the beginning of the year, now we really are approaching Vilanova Artigas´ centenary. Let´s remember some of his key buildings, also key to understand the so called Escola Paulista.
newsletter 2015 #12

11.06.2015

newsletter 2015 #12

Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos - FT Apartment, São Paulo SP, Brazil

To understand and appreciate a small project could take a bigger effort. Today´s newsletter focuses on the renovation of FT apartment, a 90m2 interior from the 1950s, located in São Paulo. As the authors claim “simplicity was the inspiration for this contemporary space used both for living and working”. Their main strategy was to peel down the original walls and expose the concrete structure using it as a low cost design frame for the interior. The following text is by Pascali Semerdjian. “In order to contrast with the thick brut appearance of the walls, all the fixed furniture was built with 5mm thin delicate metal sheets. The volume of the shelves and closet structures in the living room configures the porticos that frames the doors that lead to the rooms. The character of the apartment is spiced up with the blend of furniture designers, mixing European and Brazilian artistry, from Christian Dell to Sergio Rodrigues.”
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03.06.2015

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play arquitetura – lagar oliq, sao bento do sapucai sp, brazil

A simple horizontal mark in the natural scenery defines the main feature of this small olive oil plant.
newsletter 2015 #11

28.05.2015

newsletter 2015 #11

Leonardo Finotti - Identidade Latino-Americana at Bolsa da Arte Gallery, São Paulo SP, Brazil

Modern Architecture has been always Leonardo Finotti´s soft spot. Besides liking it as an architect, this is the kind of architecture that works better with his ordered and accurate vision. The space is at the core of most of the projects of the modernism, and with Finotti´s images one can feel and understand the geometry behind each project. Parallel to the exhibition at NY´s MoMA, Leonardo Finotti prepared this personal approach to Latin American Modern Architecture, featured since yesterday at Bolsa de Arte gallery in São Paulo, and called Identidade Latino-americana (Latin American identity). The exhibition shows more than 70 images photographed in 8 different countries.
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21.05.2015

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joão filgueiras lima (lelé) – sarah rio hospital, rio de janeiro rj, brazil

one year without joão filgueiras lima "lelé"
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18.05.2015

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area #139

featuring Metro + Mendes da Rocha´s Cais das Artes (quay of arts) project
newsletter 2015 #10

14.05.2015

newsletter 2015 #10

Arthur Casas - House in Praia do Toquinho, Refice PE, Brazil

Praia do Toquinho is located in the state of Pernambuco, 17 kilometers to the south of Porto de Galinhas. Arthur Casas designed this house facing the beach, where the wooden cladding makes the project to blend in with the natural context. The ground floor, dedicated to the social program, features a fluid space that connects access and backyard, thanks to the 18 meters free span. In the bedrooms the challenge was to keep privacy while enjoy the views of the beach.
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14.05.2015

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vigliecca & associados – parque novo santo amaro, são paulo sp, brazil

new images of Parque Novo Santo Amaro. Unfortunately some of the public spaces are in bad shape already, but the project itself remains as a strong urban and dwelling proposal
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13.05.2015

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arquitetos associados, alexandre brasil, andré luiz prado, bruno santa cecília, carlos alberto maciel, paula zasnicoff – miguel rio branco gallery at inhotim, brumadinho mg, brazil

Arquitetos Associados´ gallery for Miguel Rio Branco at Inhotim is one of the finalist for the Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel 2015 prize.
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13.05.2015

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apiacás arquitetos – madalena 70, são paulo sp, brazil

Madalena 70, located in São Paulo and designed by Apiacás Arquitetos, is also one of the finalist for the Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel 2015 prize.
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13.05.2015

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wallpaper – #194

the current issue of british magazine Wallpaper* has a nice article on Aigai Spa written by Gustavo Hiriart
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12.05.2015

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way – moinho villa, valinhos sp, brazil

The cantilevered volume over the existing stones allows the entrance through an exciting staircase, on the left of the picture.
newsletter 2015 #09

07.05.2015

newsletter 2015 #09

Figueroa.arq - AIGAI SPA, São Paulo SP, Brazil

Today´s newsletter features Aigai Spa designed by Chile-born, Sao Paulo-based architect Mário Figueroa and located in Pinheiros district, in São Paulo. With the aim at creating an urban oasis, and starting with the neighbourhood as its first layer, the building comprises various shells, each of them creating distance between the city and the inner space. The main façade is set back, and a small public space defines the access. A curving wall surrounded by a flowerbed and covered by twenty different species of plants, gives privacy as well as insulates the building from the sounds of the street. The Relax Lounge (picture above) is the main outdoor space, with a half-sized white pergola, which features a mashrabiya motif that is cast in the shade.
revisited

07.05.2015

revisited

ivo mareines + rafael patalano – mopi primary school, rio de janeiro rj, brazil

After its recent completion Leonardo visited the Mopi school again, so now we have a comprehensive reportage on Mairenes Patalano´s educational project in Rio
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04.05.2015

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way – casa 10 villa, campinas sp, brazil

Way Architecture Yell studio refurbished an old traditional house. Thanks to the renovation now the space flows throughout the plot.
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