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
new images of the iconic modern building on Av. Paulista
new images added to this section on rio´s aerial views
Leonardo traveled to Rio to shot this nice and extremely well situated office project
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!
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.
Only one day left to Vilanova Artigas´ centenary celebration!
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
take a look at this interesting mix in this interior in são paulo
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.
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.
We have just heard about the desease of Brazilian-based Mexican architect Aurelio Martínez Flores. R.I.P.
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.
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.”
A simple horizontal mark in the natural scenery defines the main feature of this small olive oil plant.
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.
one year without joão filgueiras lima "lelé"
featuring Metro + Mendes da Rocha´s Cais das Artes (quay of arts) project
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.
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
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.
Madalena 70, located in São Paulo and designed by Apiacás Arquitetos, is also one of the finalist for the Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel 2015 prize.
the current issue of british magazine Wallpaper* has a nice article on Aigai Spa written by Gustavo Hiriart
The cantilevered volume over the existing stones allows the entrance through an exciting staircase, on the left of the picture.
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.
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
Way Architecture Yell studio refurbished an old traditional house. Thanks to the renovation now the space flows throughout the plot.
commissioned by Landscape Architecture Magazine (USA) Leonardo revisited the shopping mall
this collection of projects were shot for the 30 anniversary of SKR company
A small entrance pavilion gave the opportunity to Apiacás for addressing some of their frequent themes; one of them, to achieve an interesting expression through a simple system of construction.
Commissioned by english magazine Architectural Review, Leonardo Finotti visited again Vigliecca & Associados´s Parque novo Santo Amaro housing complex. This way we complete the reportage on the building, which started with the photographs of the building site back in 2011. While we edit the new images, check the previous work here.
Today is the 55th anniversary of Brasilia. Planned by Lucio Costa in 1956, after wining a massive contest, the new capital for Brazil was inaugurated the 21st of april, 1960.
With today´s newsletter we close the series of features related to MoMA´s collection, Leonardo Finotti´s profile in the catalogue and exhibition. The latter could be seen by clicking the opening picture above. The following text belongs to the press release of the show. "The exhibition features architectural drawings, architectural models, vintage photographs, and film clips alongside newly commissioned models and photographs. While the exhibition focuses on the period of 1955 to 1980 in most of the countries of Latin America, it is introduced by an ample prelude on the preceding three decades of architectural developments in the region, presentations of the development of several key university campuses in cities like Mexico City and Caracas, and a look at the development of the new Brazilian capital at Brasilia."
pedro ramirez vasquez, rafael mijares, carlos campuzano – museo nacional de antropologia, mexico df, mexico
Exactly two years ago Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez died. Let´s remember him with his most important project.
authorial profile featuring national congress, itamaraty palace, bulevar complex, museum of modern art (mam), niemeyer building, san pedro church, benedictine monastery, plaza cubierta ucv, ciudad guayana snapshots, banco de londres y america del sur projects.
Unknown and paradisiac house by pritzker´s paulo mendes da rocha. Its horizontal lines contrast with the curves of the scenery
As we anounced last week, on March 29th the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 will be inaugurated at New York's MoMA. This will be a massive show with more than 500 documents (includding drawings and pictures) and new commisioned models.Besides the importance of this exhibition for our architectural culture, what makes us prouder is the fact that Leonardo Finotti's images will be exhibited, and a profile with several photographs will open the catalogue. Also anounced in our previous newlletter, 15 images will remain in MoMA's permanent collection.
We are so proud to announce that 15 images shot by Leonardo Finotti, and belonging to LAMA (Latin American Modern Architecture) work were selected by the New York´s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to be part of its prestigious permanent collection. By clicking on the image above you can see all the photographs. While some of them will be exhibited in Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, at MoMA, all the images will be featured in an authorial portfolio in the main catalogue of the same exhibition.
São Paulo will host 2016´s Architecture Iberoamerican Biennial (BIAU). Te event, promoted by the Spanish Government, will be held in Brazil for the first time.
In 15 days, the New York´s MoMA will open the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980. For this reason the museum is acquiring 15 images by Leonardo Finotti to be part of its prestigious collection. We will show one of these images per day, until the opening, on March 29th.
LAMA.SP presents swiss artist Mayo Bucher´s first solo exhibition in Brazil. The show, called “art towards architecture” and curated by Michelle Jean de Castro, features three different scales. However they share a common subject: the relationship between art, space and the city. An orange safety net is used on all the pieces, which reinforces the continuity between them. The visitor first sees the monumental but transitory installation on the façade of Mirante do Vale building. Once inside, twelve images of downtown São Paulo, intervened by Bucher, occupy LAMA.SP exhibition hall. Finally, an abandoned hall on the same floor was used to set a site specific installation. The exhibition of small pieces by Bucher and his both parents give context to the show.
Invited by LAMA swiss artist Mayo Bucher will be having his first solo exhibition in Brazil, along with a monumental, yet time bound intervention on the facade of São Paulo’s highest skyscraper, Mirante do Vale building. LAMA São Paulo, is a new and privately run exhibition off-space. As an idealistic platform its target is to organize exhibitions and other non-commercial cultural events, like speeches and performances. Exchanging ideas and values and bringing together people interested in architecture, design and art and beyond. Since Mayo Bucher has been working for many years at the interface of art towards architecture and global communication, Mayo is largely interested in transcultural exchange. Questioning meaning and developing new artistic and urban strategies in relation to everyday life is one of his key interests. The outside and large scaled installation will be accomplished with an exhibition on the 37th floor of the building. Covering not only a video projection, an installation but also twelve site-specific large collages, while using a selection of photographies by Leonardo Finotti of downtown São Paulo.
Today´s newsletter features the new house designed by Metro Arquitetos Associados. Located in São Paulo, the project is the result of the interplay of three different volumes. Each volume assumes a different role and materiality; thus, the overall expression is the sum of independent pieces. An elevated concrete volume houses the main social activities of the house, and takes advantage of its position related to the front yard. The second (almost hidden) volume contains the services, while visually anchors the house to the ground. Lastly, the metallic parasite with the studio appears as a totally independent prism, cantilevering over the garden.
We are celebrating Severiano Porto´s 85th birthday.
Today is Severiano Porto´s 85th birthday. He was born in Uberlândia MG, but his main projects are located near the Amazon Forest. This particular building houses the offices of the Manaus free zone. It features a pattern of concrete domes with a span of 15 meters.