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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.
revisited

14.05.2015

revisited

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

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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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02.05.2015

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arthur casas – cidade jardim mall, são paulo sp, brazil

commissioned by Landscape Architecture Magazine (USA) Leonardo revisited the shopping mall
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01.05.2015

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skr 30 years

this collection of projects were shot for the 30 anniversary of SKR company
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28.04.2015

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apiacás arquitetos – barra do una pavilion, barra do una sp, brazil

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.
revisited

27.04.2015

revisited

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

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.
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21.04.2015

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Brasilia 55 anniversary

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.
newsletter 2015 #08

16.04.2015

newsletter 2015 #08

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955 - 1980 exhibition at MoMA

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."
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16.04.2015

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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.
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08.04.2015

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moma – latin america in construction architecture 1955-1980

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.
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07.04.2015

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paulo mendes da rocha – casa gerber, angra dos reis rj, brazil

Unknown and paradisiac house by pritzker´s paulo mendes da rocha. Its horizontal lines contrast with the curves of the scenery
newsletter 2015 #07

26.03.2015

newsletter 2015 #07

Latin America in Construction: architecture 1955-1980

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.
newsletter 2015 #06

19.03.2015

newsletter 2015 #06

MoMA 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.
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16.03.2015

coming soon

2016´s BIAU in São Paulo

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.
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14.03.2015

coming soon

Leonardo Finotti images acquired by MoMA

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.
newsletter 2015 #05

13.03.2015

newsletter 2015 #05

Mayo Bucher: Art towards architecture at LAMA.SP, São Paulo SP, Brazil

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.
newsletter 2015 #04

04.03.2015

newsletter 2015 #04

Mayo Bucher - The LAMA project, exhibition at LAMA.SP, São Paulo, Brazil

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.
newsletter 2015 #03

19.02.2015

newsletter 2015 #03

Metro Arquitetos Associados - LP House, São Paulo SP, Brazil

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.
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19.02.2015

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severiano mário porto – parque residências house, manaus am, brazil

We are celebrating Severiano Porto´s 85th birthday.
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19.02.2015

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severiano mário porto – suframa, manaus am, brazil

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.
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