Today's newsletter features the Basic Science building at ITA Campus. This new project, designed by Metro Arquitetos Associados, is part of a greater project which includes designs by MMBB and Piratininga. The campus is characterized by the presence of Oscar Niemeyer's buildings from the forties. Due to the short deadline, the architects decided to use prefabricated systems which allowed a faster assembly. The challenge was then to achieve an elegant and fine expression for a building made of tough elements and a huge scale: it's sounds like Brazilian better architecture.
Today’s newsletter features Pedro Domingos’ House in Oeiras, part of Lisbon metropolitan area. Since the plot faces a rail track and a large warehouse to the south, the main strategy was to organize the house around a central patio, core of the project. Fluidly connected longitudinal spaces surround the colorful patio; the variated shapes of the interiors, with different heights, produce an irregular perimeter for the courtyard, which generates a complex outdoor space. In contrast, seen from outside the house is white and calm.
located very close to Carrasco Airport, the hotel overlooks a nice lake
We hope you all had a great start to 2018! From our side it has been great, and even if it is still early stage, the new year looks promising. For this first newsletter we have a very special feature: Leonardo Finotti´s participation at the Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale. Curated by Michelle Jean de Castro, the exhibition shows a deep dialogue between Roberto Burle Marx´s landscape designs and Leonardo Finotti´s photography. We to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Meng Yan, Liu Xiaodu and Hou Hanru. ⠀
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.
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.
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