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.
hanging lights bring scale to the space, and they contrast with the massive construction
Such a difficult subject the collective housing, and yet in Switzerland we keep finding excellent examples, like this one.
Strangely in Switzerland one can find many contemporary religious projects. This one mixes the abstraction and the use of natural light
Schneider&Schneider take any chance to refine their pure language, as it happened in this simple parking.
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.
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
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.
Leonardo payed a quick visit to Mexico to shot this amazing restaurant in a very dry but poetic area.
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
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.
featuring masp, espirito santo do cerrado church, sesc pompéia, glass house, solar do unhão projects.
leonardo finotti revisited the pedregulho complex after the completion of its process of restoration
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!
new images of engineer Hélio Olga house
images of the work in progress, showing a poetry relationship between the metallic structures and the mountains
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.
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
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!
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´ 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.