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.
Last church for this week. We took out the brazilian sacred spaces on purpose, so we are going to show them later on.
For making this church, Dieste had the budget to make a simple warehouse. Although, he came up with this marvellous space. Its main material was not the brick, but his own intelligence!
And what about an outdoor chapel?
Swiss artist Mayo Bucher is arriving in São Paulo this weekend to spend the rest of the month at LAMA.SP, preparing what will be his first exhibition in Brazil, to be shown at our collaborative space.Trying to not spoil the surprise of the show, let´s just say that he is planning a big scale site specific artwork, together with smaller pieces. Keep an eye on our news!
You would´t imagine this interior when seeing this concrete chapel from the desert outside.
One of the projects that will be showed in March at MoMA´s exhibition "Latin America in Construction". This particular image will be part of Leonardo Finotti´s profile in the main catalogue.
In a sacred space everything is meaningful, like Moneo´s hanging lights.
When it comes to religious spaces scale matters!
Some interiors seem to be carved from stone, like this one.
Coloured light refutes the massiveness of this Swiss space.
This week we are featuring religious spaces. Even though we are going to show some exterior images, we will be focused in the spaces itself. That´s why we selected this amazing interior as our starting point.
Because everything has an end, even São Paulo, with this picture we close this section devoted to SP anniversary.
Almost closing our week section, this image belongs to the series Pelada, which was exhibited in different places last year, and is part of the book Futebol: Urban euphoria in Brazil. In Brazil the book can be purchased at Livraria da Vila.
Last day for our celebration of the 461 year of São Paulo. Again, this image shows the edge between two different realities.
Now that everybody is working again, after some deserved vacations, it´s time to send our first newsletter of this year and show you our new works. For this feature we selected one of our most interesting reportages, shot at the end of 2014 in São Paulo: this is Madalena 70, by Apiacás Arquitetos. On the one hand, looking at its interior, this project fits in the imagery of the so called Paulista School and its use of the structure to define the space. On the other hand, stands out its rationalisation of each element of construction, which puts some distance between this light object and the robust brutalism that you can find in São Paulo.
Self explanatory, isn´t it? 461 years of São Paulo, but there is still lot to do.
Another aerial view of São Paulo, this time dedicated to its infrastructure. What do you think about these crazy dancing legs?
Back to our section on São Paulo aerial views, celebrating the 461 anniversary of the city, this one shows the Minhocão, which has good chances to become the Brazilian high line, due to a project called Parque Minhocão.
Third aerial view to celebrate São Paulo´s anniversary. This time the image shows the Avenida Paulista. Lina Bo Bardi´s MASP appears at the center of the photograph.
Another aerial view of downtown São Paulo, celebrating its 461 anniversary. The image shows Praça da República and Eiffel building in the foreground. In the background you can see the gigant Copan. Both buildings are by Niemeyer.
This week São Paulo celebrates its 461 years. We will be selecting aerial views of the city and its periphery. This one is from downtown, on left the Anhangabaú Valley, and at the center is Praça das artes.
As a bonus, and closing this week´s selection, have a look at this project, also by Niemeyer in Pampulha.
oscar niemeyer, burle marx – pampulha museum (former cassino da pampulha), belo horizonte mg, brazil
Leonardo shot several different times this building, but we selected this image since it shows Burle Marx´s garden restored, and it´s a pleasure to see it this way!
Another nice feature of this complex is the fact that you can see one of its buildings from another one, which generates an interesting visual net. In this case, this image was taken from the Cassino (now museum).
One of the simplest yet most impressive projects by Niemeyer is the Dance Hall building. Its colonnade, while frames the views of the lake, defines an outdoor space by embracing it.
oscar niemeyer, burle marx – são francisco de assis church - pampulha complex , belo horizonte mg, brazil
First project of this selection on Pampulha complex, after its nomination as a candidate for World Heritage by UNESCO
This house is also know as Casa dos triângulos (house of the triangles) thanks to the mural designed by Mário Gruber. I think that the name is self explanatory actually...
End of this series about Vilanova Artigas, in the year of his centenary.
The last two projects of Vilanova Artigas collection were restored or refurbished by contemporary architects. This one was respectfully intervened by Angelo Bucci.
this new SPA features impressive interiors full of courtyards, with a great treatment of light, and a strong urban image
In 1949 Vilanova Artigas designed and built his second house in São Paulo, with this rich intermediate space.
An old friend of this site, and a classic project located in Higienópolis district.
vilanova artigas, paulo mendes da rocha, fábio penteado – cecap zezinho magalhães prado housing complex, guarulhos sp, brazil
You can´t beat this attack! Vilanova and Mendes working together in social housing.
Next to SPFC you can find Vilanova Artigas´ famous stadium with its impressive structure, located in Morumbi district
We keep featuring Vilanova Vilanova Artigas´ projects in the beginning of his centenary year. We move now to São Paulo, where he has his main projects.
we will be featuring Vilanova Artigas´works. First, Jaú Balneary, in its current green condition...
We were on vacation when we learnt about the great cuban architect´s decease.
We are reaching the end of the year, but not any year. Within the past 12 month a lot of interesting things happened. We had the world cup, and the other face of the football, showed in “Pelada”; we opened our collaborative space; Leonardo went through Latin America looking for Modern Architecture; and much more… We would like to thank to all of you: those who work with us, those who called us to work with, those who just enjoy seeing our pictures, and hope to share even more in the next year. But now, for the next two weeks (from saturday on), we will be enjoying our vacation leave. So, see you in 2015!!!
For the second time in this year Leonardo visited Switzerland, and went back to complete the essay of SBB complex. The work of the façade skin counted with the collaboration of artist Mayo Bucher, who will be showing a site specific piece in LAMA.SP in february.
This cantilevered volume pictures the powerful of this new house by Jacobsen Arquitetura
A long and hard trip was needed to reach the Vale do Capão, where Casa do Bomba is Located, in a reserve natural area in northern Brazil. The project is the result of its location: while the house is shaped by the views, you feel that the scenery is perceived as more natural now than before.
Together with the release of Lars Lars Müller Publishers´ FUTEBOL: Urban euphoria in Brazil book, we showed Pelada in our new collaborative and exhibition space LAMA.SP. Both the exhibition and space were designed by Michel Jean de Castro. LAMA.SP is located at Mirante do Vale building, in downtown São Paulo.
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.