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2014 selection

17.12.2014

2014 selection

july

For sure the biggest project of this year is the one we call LAMA (initials of Latin American Modern Architecture). In two months Leonardo visited Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina. The former was a big surprise, and that´s why we are selecting this image of Caracas as the highlight of July.
2014 selection

17.12.2014

2014 selection

June

Paratelier´s Zé House in Palmela, Portugal, was a big success in the social network. The fresh ideas behind its project and its striking staircase explained part of the achievement. We like to think that the images helped!
2014 selection

17.12.2014

2014 selection

May

After this first experience in Brazil Leonardo Finotti was called to photograph Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron´s newest project in Switzerland. Both projects, in Natal and Riehen share a common sensitivity to the use of simple construction material and procedures, an intersting lap that shows the vitality of the swiss practice.
2014 selection

17.12.2014

2014 selection

April

Leonardo went to Natal to cover the first project by Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron in Brazil. The visit to the building reinforced the ideas behind the project, specially when it comes to its relation with the particular context.
2014 selection

16.12.2014

2014 selection

march

If you follow this page you already know this multi-laureated facility project designed by Loeb Capote
2014 selection

16.12.2014

2014 selection

february

The 12x12 house in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, designed by Bernardes Arquitetura is the selected project for the second month of the year
2014 selection

16.12.2014

2014 selection

January

We highlight the work about Higienópolis district in São Paulo, which was exhibited at Galeria Pilar and entirely published in Monolito magazine.
2014 selection

16.12.2014

2014 selection

december 2013

Today we start a feature with a selection of project from 2014. But first, one year ago, Leonardo Finotti was in China, and we could say that this project started our work of this year.
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15.12.2014

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oscar niemeyer birthday + dia do arquiteto

Together with Oscar Niemeyer´s birthday, today is the day of the Architect in Brazil. So we send our regards to all the Brazilian aquitetos, Leonardo Finotti included.
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15.12.2014

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oscar niemeyer – mondadori, milano, italy

Ok, let´s dedicate all this day to Niemeyer, on his 107th birthday
awarded

12.12.2014

awarded

sotero arquitetos, adriano mascarenhas – casa do bomba, capão ba, brazil

Sotero´s Casa do Bomba wins the ASBEA prize in the category of Residencial projects (ASBEA stands for Brazilian association of architecture studios)
awarded

12.12.2014

awarded

loeb capote – santander datacenter, campinas sp, brazil

Loeb Capote´s Santander Datacenter wins the ASBEA prize in the category of Industrial Buildings (ASBEA stands for Brazilian association of architecture studios)
awarded

12.12.2014

awarded

loeb capote – bayer bridge, são paulo sp, brazil

Loeb Capote´s Bayer Bridge wins the ASBEA prize in the category of special projects. (ASBEA stands for Brazilian association of architecture studios)
newsletter 2014 #45

11.12.2014

newsletter 2014 #45

Masswerk Architekten - Housing at Wettsteinpark, Luzern, Switzerland

From the point of view of an architectural photographer, to shoot in Switzerland, could be an easier task than working in South America. For example, look at their precision in the construction (our editor is the first to note it!) On the other hand, the weather is totally different of what you find in Brazil, with grey skies, mist and even snow. In the essay we feature today you can see some of mentioned characteristics, particularly the changing weather. But the most interesting feature of this project is this relationship between the private dwelling and Wettsteinpark. The great ability of the authors was to preserve the abstraction of two massive corps, while giving, at the same time, variations inside the façade.
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11.12.2014

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"A look at the contemporary architecture of PARAGUAY"

Exhibition with several images by Leonardo Finotti. December 1-19th 2014, Campus Sint-Lucas Ghent, Belgium. After that will be at Sint-Lucas Brussels from 9-27th February 2015
the summer is coming

10.12.2014

the summer is coming

bernardes arquitetura, thiago bernardes – delta house, guarujá sp, brazil

by inverting the traditional order, with the social spaces on top of the house, this project captures the sea views
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09.12.2014

recently shot

arthur casas – house in recife, recife pe, brazil

while summer is coming here in the south, we are in the mood for beach houses. This one is a special feature by Studio Arthur Casas
awarded

08.12.2014

awarded

teodoro fernández

At the beginning of this month architect Teodoro Fernández received the chilean Premio Nacional de Arquitectura 2014 (National Architecture Prize 2014)
awarded

08.12.2014

awarded

loeb capote – bayer bridge, são paulo sp, brazil

Another prize for Loeb Capote´s Bayer Footbridge. This time, the project received the first prize in the urban category by Associação Paulista dos Críticos de Artes
Lina Bo Bardi Centenary

05.12.2014

Lina Bo Bardi Centenary

lina bo bardi – oficina theater, são paulo sp, brazil

One of Lina Bo Bardi´s main features was to adapt her skills to the context of each particular situation. Here, at the Teatro Oficina, she showed her pragmatism when using tubular scaffoldings to create this interior.
Lina Bo Bardi Centenary

05.12.2014

Lina Bo Bardi Centenary

lina bo bardi – solar do unhão, salvador ba, brazil

It´s striking to see how easy is to make this staircase, and how difficult was to conceive it.
newsletter 2014 #44

04.12.2014

newsletter 2014 #44

Lina Bo Bardi Centenary

Lina Bo Bardi was born in Rome, Italy, on december 5th; therefore, tomorrow she would be 100 years old. In 1946 she and her husband Pietro Maria Bardi moved to Brazil, where she realised her most important architectural works. Today, some of them represent the essence of what we understand as Brazilian architecture. Besides her famous constructions, where one could highlight the MASP, SESC Pompéia, her buildings in Salvador, Lina Bo Bardi designed several pieces of furniture, some of them specially conceived for particular projects. The opening image shows a current exhibition about her furniture, housed at the Glass House and curated by Sérgio Campos.
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04.12.2014

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affonso reidy – teatro armando gonzaga, marechal hermes, brazil

with gardens by burle marx and tile mural by Paulo Werneck
LAMA Brazil

02.12.2014

LAMA Brazil

rino levi, roberto cerqueira cesar, luiz roberto franco, burle marx, paulo mendes da rocha, mmbb – fiesp cultural center, são paulo sp, brazil

The contrast between the solid concrete building and the light white intervention reinforces both characteristics. With more than 15 years living together, yet Mendes da Rocha´s FIESPI extension seems to be a temporary intervention. That´s probably the key to understand why they coexist so well.
LAMA Brazil

02.12.2014

LAMA Brazil

lina bo bardi – masp, são paulo sp, brazil

Following our walk on Avenida Paulista, you can find the stunning Museum of Art of São Paulo, one of the main projects by Lina Bo Bardi.
LAMA Brazil

28.11.2014

LAMA Brazil

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

updated, with some stunning night images
newsletter 2014 #43

27.11.2014

newsletter 2014 #43

“Lina Bo Bardi e o Triângulo Mineiro” at Espirito Santo Do Cerrado Church, Uberlândia MG, Brazil

Next month Italian (and also Brazilian) architect Lina Bo Bardi´s centenary will be celebrated. Several events, mainly in Brazil, are showing her different features, as was shown in a previous newsletter. The Espirito Santo do Cerrado Church, one of her vernacular inspired projects, was re-opened this month, after a process of restoration. Since last week you can visit the parish home, where “Lina Bo Bardi e o Triângulo Mineiro” is being shown. It features tapestry works based on designs by Edmar de Almeida. The theme alludes to an old exhibition by Lina Bo Bardi in 1975, also about de Almeida´s works.
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27.11.2014

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the minhocão is being deactivated - são paulo sp, brazil

Yesterday, São Paulo City Council started the deactivation of the so called Minhocão, a 2km viaduct that crosses the city center. The idea, following the experience of NY´s High Line, is to transform it in a permanent public space (now the elevated street is used as a linear park during weekends)
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26.11.2014

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edmar de almeida (curator) – lina bo bardi e o triângulo mineiro at espirito santo do cerrado church, uberlandia mg, brazil

one of the many events that celebrate Lina Bo Bardi´s centenary. This one coincides with the reopening of the little chapel in Uberlândia
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26.11.2014

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mayo bucher, tk architekten – neugestaltung einkaufszentrum mall, spreitenbach, switzerland

Is it possible to generate a desirable image for a shopping mall? Can the different signboards generate a nice façade pattern? Have a look at this intervention and there you have your answers!
newsletter 2014 #42

20.11.2014

newsletter 2014 #42

Lussi+Halter Architekten -SBB Headquarters, Bern, Switzerland

Today´s newsletter features the complete reportage on SBB Headquarters, owned by the Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (or Swiss Federal Railways, in english). In a previous feature we showed the building before total completion. Now they finished the interiors, was time to go back. The complex consists of two corps and a garden between them. The façade skin, made of coloured moving glass louvers, and designed in collaboration with Mayo Bucher, transforms the building with each different positions of the sun. As simple they are, as complex they look like with every light change.
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20.11.2014

recently shot

masswerk architekten – wettsteinpark, luzern, switzerland

is it possible to gather a private housing buildings and a public park? it seems that could work, at least in this interesting case
updated

20.11.2014

updated

lussi+halter, remo halter casagrande, thomas lussi – twin houses, kastanienbaum, switzerland

each time Leonardo Finotti visits this project we found new angles, new situations... amazing project!
newsletter 2014 #41

13.11.2014

newsletter 2014 #41

LAMA Argentina

This newsletter shows another step of the LAMA project, part of the material that will be shown in the upcoming MoMa´s exhibition Latin America in construction. This is the time for Argentina, visited by Leonardo Finotti last month. Unlike other south american countries, argentina did not totally embrace the modern language for its public buildings. Yet, thanks to the original Clorindo Testa, there are some great examples of brutalism, like the Banco de Londres, pictured above.
LAMA Argentina

07.11.2014

LAMA Argentina

clorindo testa, sepra, sanchez elia, peralta ramos, agostini – banco de londres y america del sur, buenos aires, argentina

Unlike other south american countries, argentina did not totally embrace the modern language for its public buildings, at least not in the first part of the modernity. Yet, thanks to the original Clorindo Testa, there are some great examples of brutalism.
LAMA Argentina

07.11.2014

LAMA Argentina

clorindo testa – national library, buenos aires, argentina

Unlike other south american countries, argentina did not totally embrace the modern language for its public buildings, at least not in the first part of the modernity. Yet, thanks to the original Clorindo Testa, there are some great examples of brutalism.
newsletter 2014 #40

06.11.2014

newsletter 2014 #40

Paulo Mendes da Rocha + Metro - Cais das Artes, Vitoria ES, Brazil

Today´s newsletter emphasises the importance of the working progress both in architecture, but also in photography reportage. We really enjoy to share these moments where you can feel the progression from the project to the architecture. Is the case for the Cais das Artes complex, designed by Mendes da Rocha and Metro in Vitoria bay. This is the third time Leonardo Finotti visited its building site, and each time is like increasing the focus of an image. We are anxious now to see it completed!
LAMA Argentina

06.11.2014

LAMA Argentina

antonio bonet castellana, horacio vera barros, abel lopez chas – ateliers suipacha y paraguay, buenos aires, argentina

Spanish architect António Bonet Castellana established his studio in Buenos Aires, and from there designed for Argentina and Uruguay. He and his argentinian partners Ferrari-Hardoy and Kurchan designed in 1938 the BKF Chair (a.k.a. Butterfly). The same year Bonet realised this Ateliers building.
LAMA Argentina

04.11.2014

LAMA Argentina

mario roberto álvarez – san martin municipal theater and cultural center, buenos aires, argentina

Opening our selection for the LAMA project in Argentina, one of the biggest names of modern architecture in South America, with his most important project.
LAMA Argentina

04.11.2014

LAMA Argentina

mario roberto álvarez – american express building, buenos aires, argentina

Álvarez had the ability to combine commercial and institutional requirements with an expressive but simple modern architecture. His private buildings improve the public spaces of Buenos Aires.
LAMA Argentina

04.11.2014

LAMA Argentina

mario roberto álvarez – somisa , buenos aires, argentina

In the project for SOMISA Álvarez was closer to high tech languish. Stand out his classic double pillars, which makes the structure to feel lighter.
work in progress

03.11.2014

work in progress

paulo mendes da rocha, metro arquitetos – quay of arts, vitória es, brazil

another visit to the Cais das Artes´ building site, shows it closer to its completion
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