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.
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.
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."
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.
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