Today´s newsletter features Sacromonte Landscape Hotel´s first shelter. Designed by young practice MAPA, the small pavilion is located near Pueblo Edén, in eastern Uruguay. Focused on the field of prefab architecture, in each new attempt MAPA is improving their skills. This small shelter act as the cornerstone for Sacromonte. Other shelters and a chapel are being fabricated. The pavilion sits on a grapevine, overlooking at the vast scenery. The glazed facade captures the views; on the other side a service facade gives protection to the interior.
Today´s newsletter is dedicated to Japan House in São Paulo. Designed by Kengo Kuma and local firm FGMF, this is the first spot of three planned locations (also to open in London and Los Angeles). Japan House is devoted to disseminate Japanese culture. Facing Paulista Avenue, the facade features an sculptural lattice made of cypress wood. An open gate allows the passer-byes to access a courtyard set back from the sidewalk. Textures with Japanese-inspired motifs are used in walls and screens throughout the building.
Today´s newsletter features Swiss Re Next building in Switzerland. Designed by swiss firm Diener & Diener, the new project that borders the lake Zurich replaces a building from the sixties. Swiss Re, the world’s second-largest reinsurer, selected this spot for making their new campus. Besides its evident overall elegance, stands out the undulating glass facade, which is also an interesting feature from inside. But what strikes the most is the programatic proposal: the building accommodates 3400 workers with no permanent workplace.
Today´s newsletters features another step in the journey though Latin America and its fascinating modern architecture. This time we are showing a selection from the capital of Brazilian Minas Gerais state, Belo Horizonte. This city, and particularly Pampulha, are key to understand modernism in Brazil. The opening image shows Oscar Niemeyer´s BEMGE building, seen from Sete de Setembro square, nerve center of the city. The building´s facade features some of Niemeyer´s favourite expressive elements: the curving concrete brise-soleil.
Today´s newsletter features the new SESC 24 de Maio. Designed by multi-laureate architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, in partnership with MMBB, the new sport and social buildings occupies a former Department Store located in central São Paulo. Most of the project takes advantage of the existing structure. On the rooftop, often used in São Paulo for heliports, a swimming pool was placed. A new structure go through the entire building in order to support the apparently floating pool volume.
The guys from MAPA did it again! A new small shelter recently completed in the beautiful scenery of Pueblo Edén.
Leonardo visited Chile for a special commission. This essay revisiting Manantiales was part of the challenge.
Leonardo visited chile for a special commission. This essay of Aravena´s building was part of the challenge.
Today´s newsletter features Viña Edén Winery, in Uruguay. Designed by Montevideo-based young practice Fábrica de Paisaje, this boutique establishment combines wine making, production and leisure. The winery is located in the countryside near the little town Pueblo Edén, a new hidden treasure close to Punta del Este. The building takes advantage of the slope and the view: the industrial area is partially buried underground while the glazed restaurant overlooks the vast scenery.
ppms arquitetos associados, burle marx – salão de festas do esporte clube sírio, sao paulo sp, brazil
Today´s newsletter features the Embassy of India in Brasília DF. Back in 2003 Paulo Henrique Paranhos got the first prize of the competition by invitation. Today we are unveiling the first architectural photographs of that project. The complex is comprised by five different buildings, arranged along a longitudinal axis. Adjacent to the access street is the embassy main building. Behind this corp four pavilions accommodate the residences. Nevertheless, the result is a balanced composition.
Located in eastern Bolivia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra is the most populated city in the South American country. Few months ago Leonardo Finotti spent a week in Santa Cruz, photographing mainly contemporary architecture. Today´s newsletter features Sommet´s Carlos House. When seen from the street, the 1600 square meter house appears to be just an elegant house, standing out the glazed pavilion on the upper level. Thanks to the steeped lot, once inside the house unfolds as a stack of four levels. From each floor a wide view of the city can be enjoyed.
lina bo bardi, marcelo ferraz, andré vainer – santa maria dos anjos chapel, vargem grande paulista sp, brazil
young practice Vaga completed this amusing dwelling complex in the interior of São Paulo state
Today´s newsletters represents a new stop in the journey though Latin America, looking for its fascinating modern architecture. This time we are showing snapshots of Lima, in Peru, and some key buildings there. This image belongs to the selection on Lima, featured in the book A Collection of Latin American Modern Architecture, published by Lars Müller. More on the book and how to purchase it can be found here: goo.gl/sK7K9p
Today´s newsletter features Studio Arthur Casas´ SD Residence. This weekend house, located in one of São Sebastião´s beaches, faces the beautiful sea of São Paulo state coast. The plot, a narrow strip adjacent to a small street, allows to access at the center of the project.The facade displays a stack of volumes made of varied materials. Once inside, a glazed narrow patio divides the living areas, and the dining room and kitchen. A pool stretches though the entire south facade, next to the covered deck. An outdoor corridor leads to the bedrooms on the first floor.
Today´s newsletter features a new project designed by Rio de Janeiro-based architect Miguel Pinto Guimarães. This private chapel belongs to the GN Residence, a house located in the mountains near Rio. In an upcoming newsletter we will show another part of the complex. The sculptural worship pavilion was conceived both as a piece of landscape design and a space to be part of the landscape. A long footbridge stretches over a pond towards the glass box, protected by corten steel variable frames. The virtual shape resembles the scenery nearby.
Today´s newsletter features Casa Triangulo. The house, located in a residential area in São Paulo, was designed by Bernardes Arquitetura. The project, apparently simple, consists of a triangle shaped prism supported by four concrete walls. No pillars are visible, standing out the dramatic cantilever over the living space. Functionally, the ground floor walls hide the service areas, giving the impression of a continuous space. A courtyard with the staircase was placed at the center of the triangle, avoiding the dark spot. Printed glazed brise-soleils protect the first floor volume, while soften the presence of the concrete structure.
This giant modern building stands next to the entrance to the old city and faces the Plaza de la Independencia
Entrance hall on a sunny Sunday
The former church now houses offices of the army
It´s nice to see good quality corporate architecture like this building!
Few weeks ago we announced this new exhibition by Leonardo Finotti on Museums. Today´s newsletter shows images of the exhibit itself, which can still be visited until the 5th of August at Galeria PILAR. The following is a piece of the critical text and was written by Afonso Luz."Finotti is a skilled curator of architecture and urbanity, a delicate ethnologist who captures the anthropological variations of walls and curtains, an enthusiast of the powerful nature that consumes human edifices: all this stands out in the immensely unique beauty of each of the photos."
nice mix of traditional materials and modern spaces
sometimes an spectacular scenery gets almost better when you use a good frame
Today´s newsletter features a new photography essay from Leonardo Finotti´s first trip to Bolivia. Designed by Jorge Gambini (Enciam) + Hans Kenning, Ambassador office tower is raised in the flat city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. As opposed to the generic glazed office towers, this project focused on a simple but effective desing, using mostly conventional materials and a great proportions. Stands out the front screen, where balconies gives depth to the main façade.
New project from Leonardo´s latest trip to Uruguay
Today´s newsletter features a new exhibition by Leonardo Finotti. Latinitudes Montevideo is a new step of a show exhibited in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Porto Alegre and Baden. In each new location the installation is adapted and new images, from the country of the show, are included: in this case two large format pictures of Eladio Dieste´s most important projects. The following is from the catalogue in Spanish. "La arquitectura moderna sirve de base, es un hilo conductor a través del cual Finotti elabora una construcción personal hecha de imágenes. LATINITUDES, un neologismo proveniente del portugués, combina las palabras “latitudes” y “latino”, y propone una narración lineal a través de fotografías de arquitectura en 7 ciudades ordenadas, de sur a norte, por su latitud."
michelle jean de castro – latinitudes exhibition at museo zorrilla by leonardo finotti, montevideo, uruguay
inaugurated last Thursday this exhibition will be shown at Museo Zorilla in Montevideo until August
Starting today and until August 5, Galeria Pilar will be showing the exhibit Collection of Museums, by Leonardo Finotti. 31 black and white pictures will be shown, featuring museums from Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, the USA and Brazil, among other places. The critical text was written by Afonso Luz. The following is from Galeria Pilar presentation:"The photos displayed in Galeria Pilar flirt with a constitutive look at today’s museums, without, however, incorporating their pop self-image. In his photographs, Finotti captures the drawn lines and catches the silhouettes and plans, plants and corporal paths, shadows and roughness of these buildings that have become icons of contemporary culture."
Leonardo Finotti: A Collection of Latin American Modern Architecture, Volume 2 - Graham Foundation Grant
In today´s newsletter we should get back on track with the selections from Leonardo Finotti´s latest book: A Collection of Latin American Modern Architecture. This book features a group of nine different Latin American cities, from Montevideo to La Habana. The current book is the first volume of a series of three, all dedicated to modern architecture in Latin America. And last week we got a great news: Leonardo received a a grant from Graham Foundation for the second volume of this book. Thanks to all that made this possible!
Today´s newsletter is dedicated to Maria & José House. Located in Itú, in the interior of São Paulo state, the project was designed by Sergio Sampaio. The clients, an elderly couple with four children, asked for a single storey house, but the terrain has a slope of 8 meters. Based on that premises, Sampaio proposed a black prism partially sit on the ground, where the house can be easily accessed, but supported by piloties in the lower side. A central courtyard, with an adjacent ramp on one side, communicates both levels.
Today´s newsletter features a very special project: Fazenda Canuanã is a boarding shool promoted by Bradesco Foundation. Located in Brazil´s mid-west rural area, this building is considered the largest wood construction in Latin America and houses 540 children. The social movement A Gente Transforma invited Rosenbaum and Aleph Zero to develop the project though a participant methodology, not exempt from innovation. Besides the use of laminated timber structures made with certified wood, in the construction process a variety of local techniques were applied, like adobe bricks or straw weaving, while the landscape desing was based on local species. As Rosenbaum put it: “The experience in Formoso do Araguaia proves that the wisdom of indigenous people and caboclos in the construction and occupation of spaces are a heritage of what makes us Brazilian.”