Sunday Sanctuary: Sao Paulo

  Different to the usual Sunday Sanctuary Apartment 61 is an experimental gallery apartment design by MNMA Studio. We are literally in mid-century furniture heaven!  Design and decor elements within Apartment 61 traverse the modernist movement that have shaped São Paulo’s architecture throughout the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. The furniture adequately depicts those eras with

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Sunday Sanctuary: Casa Biblioteca

  Just this week I asked if anyone has read a good book lately… Well,  now I’m envisioning reading one of your many recommendations whilst sitting amongst the canopy at Casa Biblioteca also know as the Library House. Dreamy + Relaxing + Impeccable Design = Heaven Design by Sao Paolo-based architects Atelier Branco Arquitetura, set

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Isay Weinfeld reveals irregularly stacked tower block for São Paulo

Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld has designed a tower for São Paulo comprising four irregularly stacked volumes fringed with greenery, which is expected to complete later this year. Construction is already underway on Weinfeld’s mixed use tower, which is positioned in the city’s Jardins area just one block from the main avenue – Avenida Paulista. It was designed for São Paulo-based real estate developer

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Concrete ribs cradle brickwork walls at Bloco Arquitetos’ Brasília residence

Concrete ribs extend across the brick walls of this house on the outskirts of Brasília, Brazil, which Bloco Arquitetos has designed as two pavilion-like structures linked by an outdoor path. Casa Vila Rica is located 40 kilometres away from the centre of the Brazilian capital city on a gentle slope overlooking a valley filled with native vegetation. Bloco Arquitetos designed

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Terracotta-tinged walls match the surrounding mountains in Bernardes Arquitetura’s Casa Terra

This house in a mountainous district near Rio de Janeiro features pigmented concrete walls and a broad overhanging roof that enclose a sequence of living spaces opening directly onto the landscaped grounds. Casa Terra is situated within the prosperous Itaipava area, where many wealthy residents of the Brazilian city have holiday homes served by high-end restaurants, members’

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Studio MK27 takes cues from Brazilian modernism for Osler House in Brasília

Brazilian studio Studio MK27 has rotated the top volume of this concrete house in Brasília so it extends out over a narrow swimming pool to rest on a pair of stilts. Osler House is located at top of one of the Paranoá Lake estuaries in Brazil’s capital, which was masterplanned in 1958 by famous modernist architects Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer. This prompted

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Reflecting pool divides two wings of São Paulo house by Jacobsen Arquitetura

A decked walkway extends across the surface of a shallow pool to separate the two main wings of this house in São Paulo, which are lined with rows of timber columns. São Paulo-based Jacobsen Arquitetura chose to position the property on the highest part of its sloping site to enhance the views and minimise overlooking from neighbouring

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A Concrete Rainforest Retreat By Gui Mattos

Architect Gui Mattos designed a two-storey concrete home with optimized indoor-outdoor flow on Itamambuca beach and nestled into tranquil rainforest.
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AN House By Guilherme Torres

‘AN House’ is situated in a condominium in the south Brazil state of Paraná. It was designed by Studio Guilherme Torres to house a family with three teenagers, whilst embracing the hot weather characteristic of the region.
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Jean Nouvel designs plant-covered hotel for historic district of São Paulo

Ateliers Jean Nouvel has released new renderings for its plant-covered luxury hotel adjoining a former maternity hospital in São Paulo, which will feature interiors by Philippe Starck. Nouvel’s Paris-based firm teamed up with developer Alexandre Allard of Groupe Allard to create Cidade Matarazzo – a 550,000 square-metre complex of historic buildings being regenerated in the city’s centre, including the former Filomena

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Gui Mattos perches timber-clad box on top of pyramidal ceiling at Brazilian beach house

A concrete ceiling in the form of an inverted pyramid opens up towards its edges to provide views of the surrounding rainforest from inside this house close to Brazil’s Itamambuca beach. São Paulo studio Arquitetura Gui Mattos designed the family residence for a plot surrounded by dense, verdant forest near to the popular beach, where

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Concrete volume appears to rest on glass in Brazilian house by FGMF Arquitetos

Brazilian firm FGMF Arquitetos has built a São Paulo home around a steel frame embedded into a concrete wall, allowing the use of extensive glazing that offers views down a verdant hillside. The narrow Mattos House sits on a slope within the hilly city. A series of three platforms step down from the home’s entrance to

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House Carrara By Studio [+] Valéria Montijo

House Carrara is a family home by Studio [+] Valéria Montijo, whose design was inspired by the modernist tradition of the residence’s location: Brasilia, Brazil.
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Translucent panels create glowing facade for São Paulo gallery by Metro

Polycarbonate panels run along the base of this gallery in São Paulo by local architects Metro, flooding the space with natural light during the day and transmitting light from within at night. Casa Triângulo exists as a single, large volume: a big white box with the weight of the concrete visually relieved by the panelled window at the base. Metro collaborated with

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Estúdio Casa G overhauls open-sided concrete villa in the Amazon

Estúdio Casa G has completed a residence in the Brazilian rainforest, creating a home within the concrete shell of an existing structure and building a new pavilion for social spaces. The project is located in the vicinity of Belém, in the north of Brazil. It was built as a natural retreat for its owners to escape

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Plant-filled courtyards create natural enclaves in Brazilian home by AZM Arquitetos

São Paulo firm AZM Arquitetos has built a home in the city that expands onto a verdant lawn, while a series of planted spaces open to the sky continue the greenery through the property. The home is situated in Alto de Pinheiros, a residential district of the large Brazilian city. The architects organised the floor

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Brazil’s president flees “ghosts” at his Oscar Niemeyer-designed home

The Brazilian president has moved out of his official residence in Brasília, designed by the late architect Oscar Niemeyer, after sensing “bad energy” and fearing it could be haunted. Michel Temer, 76, and his wife Marcela, 33, have deserted the Palácio da Alvorada, completed by Niemeyer in 1958, because of its spooky atmosphere. “I felt

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Brazil’s dictatorship caused lasting damage to architecture education, says Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Destroying architecture education was the “greatest evil” performed by Brazil’s military dictatorship, according to Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who has just been awarded the Royal Gold Medal. Mendes da Rocha, 88, told Dezeen that Brazil’s military coup in 1964 and the resulting 20-year dictatorship not only had a significant impact on his early career, it caused lasting damage on the

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Gardens are interspersed through Brasília home by Samuel Lamas

Living spaces at this house near Brasília are contained in a cluster of offset boxes with full-height glazing that faces out onto gardens slotted between them. House 28 was designed by local architect Samuel Lamas for a family looking for a home that would offer an enhanced connection with nature, on a site that is just ten minutes from

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Oscar Niemeyer’s Hotel Nacional reopens in Rio after 20 years

A hotel designed by famed Brazilian modernist Oscar Niemeyer has reopened as a luxury resort in Rio de Janeiro, after being closed for over 20 years. Designed by the late Niemeyer in the late 1960s and completed in 1972, the 33-storey Hotel Nacional overlooks the beach from the city’s São Conrado neighbourhood. Cylindrical in form, the tower boasts panoramic views

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Glazed block cantilevers over reflecting pool at Brasília offices by Mira Arquitetos

A metal and glass volume containing offices rests on a concrete base that encloses a public courtyard at this headquarters for the National Confederation of Municipalities in Brasília. The 10, 488-square-metre office block was designed by São Paulo studio Mira Arquitetos for the independent organisation, which represents local municipalities to Brazil’s federal government and the national

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Casa Na Mata By Studio MK27

Brazilian architecture studio MK27 designed a jungle house, “Casa na Mata“, on the verge of the Brazilian rain forest close to the Sao Paulo coastline. Completely surrounded by nature, the architects wanted to get the best out of contemporary desig…

MF+ Arquitetos creates modernist-inspired house with walled garden in Brazil

A walled garden filled with tropical plants flanks a glazed hallway at this house in the Brazilian town of Franca, which is influenced by the country’s modernist architecture. Local firm MF+ Arquitetos designed Casa MCNY for a couple with two daughters, who wanted a large property with plenty of natural light and ventilation. The house’s simple

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A Summer House Set In The Heart Of Brazilian Greenery

Located among the stunning Brazilian landscape, Ubatuba House has one main feature – it barely touches the ground.
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São Paulo’s Galeria Millan opens new exhibition gallery with huge sliding doors

Twelve years after designing the Galeria Millan exhibition space in São Paulo, architects Sérgio Kipnis and Fernando Millan have added an annex that reveals its contents to the street. Located in a residential district of the city, Galeria Millan describes itself as one of the most important galleries in Brazil, and has hosted works from artists such More

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Alan Chu adds rehearsal studio with huge doors to the home of a Brazilian actor

Tall translucent doors open two sides of this theatrical rehearsal space created by Brazilian architect Alan Chu for an actor in São Paulo (+ slideshow). Alan Chu designed the 90-square-metre space to mimic a theatre stage, covering the floor in wooden boards and draping the walls in floor-to-ceiling curtains. Tall hinged doors made from translucent polycarbonate sheets open the front and rear of the boxy More

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Bernardes Arquitetura completes Rio office block fronted by perforated metal and plants

This office block in Rio de Janeiro features a triple-layered facade with a window wall, a screen of plants, and a thick lattice of perforated metal (+ slideshow). The four-storey Aníbal Building was designed by Brazilian firm Bernardes Arquitetura for a busy street in the affluent Ipanema neighbourhood in the south of the city. Both the noisy setting and the tropical More

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Adrian Yiu’s Anthropophagic Territory is a conceptual self-sustaining quarry

Graduate shows 2016: Bartlett graduate Adrian Yiu has proposed revitalising a disused quarry in Rio de Janeiro’s oldest favela to create an independent enterprise zone for local people (+ slideshow). For his final-year project on the Bartlett School of Architecture’s masters programme, Yiu designed a facility that would be built into the sides of an excavated canyon. He sees More

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Youth Arena by Vigliecca & Associados will transform mid-Olympics

Rio 2016: after it hosts the women’s basketball tournament at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, this venue will be overhauled halfway through the games to accommodate fencing (+ slideshow). The Arena da Juventude – or Youth Arena – was designed by Vigliecca & Associados, the local firm also responsible for the overall masterplan More

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Wilkinson Eyre’s Arenas Cariocas form the largest venue at Rio’s Barra Olympic Park

Rio 2016: London architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre has created a trio of conjoined venues to host a range of indoor events at this month’s Olympic games (+ slideshow). The Arenas Cariocas are located on Rio de Janeiro’s Barra Olympic Park, on the site of the city’s old Formula 1 racing track. At 400 metres long More

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MAPA builds two prefabricated houses in Brazilian mountain landscape

Architecture studio MAPA has revealed the latest project from its prefabricated building company Minimod, a pair of factory-made houses at an estate surrounded by mountains in Brazil (+ slideshow). The Brazil- and Uruguay-based firm has installed two small guesthouses at the Fazenda Catuçaba estate – a historic coffee plantation on the edge of a nature reserve between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Both More

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Henning Larsen Architects opens sail-covered Danish pavilion for Rio Olympics

Rio 2016: Danish studio Henning Larsen Architects used boat sails and masts to create this maritime-inspired pavilion for the Rio 2016 Olympics (+ movie). The pavilion – named Heart of Denmark – is located on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Ipanema Beach and was created by the Copenhagen-based architects as a gathering spot for Danish athletes and visitors to the 2016 More

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Love Land Stop Time photography series shows Brazil’s “tantalising” motels

Photo essay: worried that Brazil’s love motels would fall foul of Olympic development, Dutch duo Vera van de Sandt and Jur Oster visited the pay-by-the-hour rooms to capture the moods of these intimate spaces (+ slideshow). In the run up to this month’s Olympic games in Rio, art director Van de Sandt and photographer Oster spent More

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Brazilian apartment block by Arquitetura Nacional features a wall of sliding windows

Sliding windows make up the facade of this apartment building in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, allowing residents to expose their living spaces to the elements (+ slideshow). The Apartamento Kiev building was designed by local studio Arquitetura Nacional to offer a range of residences for families and couples, including two of the practice’s partners and their parents. More

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Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics venues photographed by Leonardo Finotti

Rio 2016: explore the stadiums and arenas poised to host events during this month’s Olympic games in these images by Brazilian photographer Leonardo Finotti (+ slideshow). All eyes are on Rio de Janeiro as it gets set to put on the world’s biggest sporting event. Following Friday night’s opening ceremony, two weeks of competitions will More

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Seven of the best new buildings and interiors in Rio that have nothing to do with sports

Rio 2016: sporting venues aren’t the only projects to have completed in Rio de Janeiro in the run up to this month’s Olympic games. Here are seven impressive cultural buildings, offices and retail spaces that have opened since the city won its bid to host the event (+ slideshow). Museum of Tomorrow by Santiago Calatrava More

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Richard Meier’s Leblon Offices in Rio feature horizontal louvres and vertical gardens

American studio Richard Meier and Partners has completed its first project in South America: a white and concrete office building with hidden vertical gardens in Rio de Janeiro (+ slideshow). Located in the Leblon neighbourhood of this year’s Olympic host city, the seven-storey building forms the new headquarters for Brazilian investment firm VINCI Partners. Its almost cube shape More

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Olympic sailing ramp collapses ahead of Rio de Janeiro games

Rio 2016: a boat ramp designed for sailing competitions at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has collapsed just days ahead of the games’ opening ceremony. The partial collapse of the ramp on Saturday has been attributed to strong winds and a stormy sea by Philip Wilkinson, a spokesperson for the Rio 2016 organising committee. The construction company behind the More

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Eight Modernist masterpieces in Rio de Janeiro to visit during the Olympics

Rio 2016: with a week to go until the Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, we’ve selected eight of the city’s best examples of Modernist architecture and landscaping that visitors shouldn’t miss (+ slideshow). Brazil’s architectural history is dominated by Modernism, with architects like Oscar Neimeyer, Lina Bo Bardi and Lucio Costa all famed More

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Giles Price’s aerial photographs show impact of Olympic venues on Rio

Rio 2016: ahead of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic games, British photographer Giles Price took to the skies to capture the physical and social repercussions that stadiums and infrastructure are imposing on Rio de Janeiro (+ slideshow). Between 2014 and 2016, Price travelled to the Brazilian city to document the preparations for the games from 1,500 feet (457 More

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Rio 2016 Athletes Village remains unfinished ahead of Olympic Games

Rio 2016: more than half of the buildings set to house athletes during the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro are still not fully ready, with less than two weeks to go until the start of the games. The Rio 2016 organising committee has admitted that 19 of the 31 towers that make up More

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Deodoro Olympic Park will host multiple sporting events during the Rio 2016 games

Rio 2016: a 2.5 million-square-metre area west of Rio de Janeiro has been transformed by Brazilian firm Vigliecca & Associados to become one of two major locations during the city’s Olympic and Paralympic games (+ slideshow). The Deodoro Olympic Park is the largest of Rio’s Olympic zones, and is set to host 11 Olympic and More

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Rio 2016 handball arena will dismantle to become four schools

Rio 2016: the handball arena set to host events during the Rio Olympics next month is designed to be taken down and rebuilt as schools around the city (+ slideshow). Local studio Lopes, Santos & Ferreira Gomes worked with UK firm AndArchitects to create the 12,000-seat Future Arena. The box-shaped stadium is enveloped by rainscreens, More

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Casa MS by Studio Arthur Casas features both opaque and transparent facades

Glass walls slides and fold open to completely reveal the living spaces of this house in Brazil by Studio Arthur Casas, allowing residents to look out on their swimming pool and over the golf course beyond (+ slideshow). Casa MS is situated at the Fazenda Boa Vista golf resort, around 100 kilometres west of São Paulo. It was designed by local firm Studio Arthur More

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Campana brothers use palm fibre to give hairy texture to São Paulo house

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana have built a house in São Paulo that is covered in palm fibre to give it a hairy exterior (+ slideshow). Located in the city’s leafy Jardim Paulista neighbourhood, the four-storey house takes its cues from Brazil’s indigenous housing, where fibres from the piassava palm are used to create a shield against the tropical heat. The Campana brothers applied this More

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Cerrado House by Vazio features terraces overlooking Brazil’s Sierra da Moeda mountains

Architects office Vazio has completed a concrete residence in the foothills of the Sierra da Moeda mountain range in southeast Brazil, featuring a rooftop pool and terrace (+ slideshow). The rooftop is accessed via a broad flight of steps that cut into the textured concrete exterior of the 320-square-metre residence, which is named Cerrado House. A landing halfway to the top offers residents More

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Triptyque proposes plant-covered Tropical Tower for São Paulo

French-Brazilian firm Triptyque Architecture has designed a residential skyscraper covered in vegetation for São Paulo. Triptyque, which has offices in São Paulo and Paris, proposed the Tropical Tower as part of a 150,000-square-metre masterplan at a university campus in the Brazilian city. Shown as a model, the design features balconies and screens that jut out from More

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Jungle House by Studio MK27 features a rooftop pool with views over a Brazilian rainforest

A swimming pool on the roof of this concrete residence by Brazilian office Studio MK27 sits within the dense canopy of a coastal rainforest in São Paulo state (+ slideshow). Studio MK27 nestled Jungle House within a clearing in the dense vegetation covering the mountainous terrain of Sao Paulo’s coastline. To take full advantage of the scenic landscape, the architects placed the primary living spaces More

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Angular concrete slabs frame Brazilian house Casa Bosques

Brazilian firm Studio Colnaghi Arquitetura has completed a house in Xangrilá, Brazil, featuring a concrete-framed games room that projects out over a poolside terrace (+ slideshow). Locally based Studio Colnaghi Arquitetura designed Casa Bosques as a holiday home with plenty of opportunities for family and friends to socialise. As a result, the property contains several large open areas, both inside and out. Glazed walls allow these spaces to open out to More

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Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course includes rainwater-collecting canopy by Rua Arquitetos

Brazilian studio Rua Arquitetos has completed the golf venue for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which features a tree-like canopy that collects rainwater to irrigate the course (+ slideshow). Located in Barra da Tijuca, on the opposite side of the lagoon from one of the four Olympic and Paralympic venue clusters, the Olympic Golf Course will host both More

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An Elegant Take On Brazilian Housing

Based in São Paulo, Brazilian architect Felipe Hess is recognized for his simple yet sophisticated aesthetics. For the project ‘Casa Sumaré’, he undertook a major renovation of an old house, filling it with light and refined design pieces.
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Triptyque overhauls 1970s office tower in Rio to make it more environmentally friendly

French-Brazilian studio Triptyque has revamped a 85-metre-high office block in Rio de Janeiro with zigzagging glazing and solar panels so it can generate its own electricity (+ movie). RB12 was first built in the 1970s and, like many of the city’s buildings from that era, had very few green credentials. Rather than demolishing it, property developer Natekko asked Triptyque to look at ways of reducing its More

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Four concrete towers make up Metro’s BN House in São Paulo

Courtyards, balconies and roof terraces all features in this São Paulo house by local studio Metro, which is made up of four separate but connected concrete towers (+ slideshow). Named BN House, the property is designed to offer plenty of opportunities for residents to make the most of the warm Brazilian climate. As well as More

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Bridging administration wing forms gateway to new university campus in Brazil

Architecture studios Rede Arquitetos and Croquis Projetos have completed the first building of a new university campus in Crateús, Brazil: an administration block that spans an access road to to the site (+ slideshow). The first building at the Federal University of Ceará has a tick-shaped plan that divides it into two wings. One one side, a hollow section supported by four chunky columns angles More

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Faceted concrete and latticed timber frame Brazilian cultural centre by São Paulo Arquitetura

Slabs of folded concrete give this cultural centre by São Paulo Arquitetura a seemingly impenetrable appearance, but hidden behind its windowless walls are light-filled galleries and a plant-lined gully (+ slideshow). Named Espaço Cultural Porto Seguroto, the “monolith” structure was designed by São Paulo Arquitetura to host a range of exhibitions, workshops, symposiums and parties in the Brazilian More

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RMAA divides concrete residence in São Paulo into daytime and nighttime quarters

This concrete residence in the state of São Paulo is split into a “night floor” and “daytime floor”, designed by architects office RMAA to provide different levels of connection with a forest-facing patio (+ slideshow). São Paulo-based RMAA designed LG House for a one-hectare site bordering the picturesque forest near Bragança Paulista, a commuter town around an hour north of the More

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A Retreat Inspired By Brazilian Modernism By Studio MK27

Sao Paulo-based architecture practice Studio MK27 designed ‘Casa Branca’, a concrete retreat inspired by Brazilian Modernism.
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Henning Larsen reveals maritime-inspired pavilion for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled designs for a beach-side pavilion in Rio de Janeiro, which will host sporting, music and culinary events during this year’s Olympic Games. The Heart of Denmark Pavilion by the Copenhagen-based architects will be set on Ipanema Beach, which borders one of the Brazilian city’s most affluent neighbourhoods, and will be open throughout August. More

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Studio Gang chosen to design new US embassy in Brasilia

The US Department of State has announced that Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects has been selected to create a new American embassy compound in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital city designed by planner Lucio Costa and architect Oscar Niemeyer. The firm, led by architect Jeanne Gang, was chosen from a shortlist of six US-based design teams that had advanced to More

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Narrow São Paulo house rebuilt for an elderly resident by Terra e Tuma

Brazilian office Terra e Tuma has demolished and rebuilt the narrow São Paulo home of an elderly woman to combat numerous problems with structure and sanitation (+ slideshow). Villa Matilde has been the home of Ms Dalva for decades, but it had become severely dilapidated over time. Her son initially wanted to move her elsewhere, but later realised it would More

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A Floating Beach Home In Brazil By SPBR Arquitetos

Architecture studio SPBR Arquitetos created a floating beach home on the Northern coast of São Paulo in Brazil.
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Half-Slope House nestles against a hillside in Brazil’s Mantiqueira Mountains

This house by São Paulo architects Denis Joelsons and Gabriela Baraúna Uchida is built against the steep terrain of the Mantiqueira Mountains in south-east Brazil and sheltered beneath a large sloping roof (+ slideshow). Located just outside the village of São Francisco Xavier, Half-Slope House straddles a retaining wall left over from the demolition of a previous building. More

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Bloco Arquitetos bases geometric Brazilian home on a classic Modernist residence

The cubic construction of this house in Brasília by local studio Bloco Arquitetos reveals the layout of spaces inside and was influenced by a 1930s villa designed by Modernist architect Adolf Loos (+ slideshow). The Paineira House was designed by Bloco Arquitetos for a plot in the Brazilian capital dominated by a 15-metre-tall paineira tree. The house comprises a More

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Museum of Tomorrow by Santiago Calatrava opens in Rio de Janeiro

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s science museum with a skeletal roof that projects over a public plaza has opened in Rio de Janeiro (+ slideshow). Called the Museum of Tomorrow, the museum hold 5,000 square metres (53,819 square feet) of exhibition space surrounded by a 7,600-square-metre (81,805 square feet) plaza on Guanabara Bay. The project is part of More

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Dezeen’s A-Zdvent calendar: Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge by Alexandre Chan

Three 60-metre-high arches crisscross the deck of the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge in Brasília, which provides the letter J in our alphabetical countdown to Christmas. Completed in 2002, the 1,200-metre-long cable-stay bridge was designed by Brazilian architect Alexandre Chan in collaboration with structural engineer Mário Vila Verde. It provides a vehicular and pedestrian crossing over Lake Paranoá between the city […]

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Cantilevered concrete box houses poolside bar at weekend retreat in Belo Horizonte

Brazilian studios BCMF and MACh have added a cantilevered bar and sunken gallery to a private residential complex on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which perches on a hillside overlooking the surrounding valleys (+ slideshow). The Bar-Pool-Gallery was designed and built in just three months to provide communal facilities for the Casa Cor retreat in […]

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HLM House by Rafael Lorentz is a hilltop Brazil residence built from white concrete

An arched wall forms the back of this white concrete residence by architect Rafael Lorentz, which stands on a hilltop in the Brazilian countryside (+ slideshow). HLM House sits atop a grassy hill on the outskirts of Santa Maria, a city in the country’s southern-most state of Rio Grande do Sul. Porto Alegre-based Rafael Lorentz selected white concrete for the building’s structure, which […]

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Casa 2V by BR3 Arquitetos features a bridge, a courtyard and a granite-topped staircase

A concrete staircase with a granite surfaces is suspended inside the atrium of this house in Porto Alegre, Brazil, which is divided into two parts connected by a bridge (+ slideshow). Casa 2V was designed by local office BR3 Arquitetos for a couple in their mid 30s and their two young children, who wanted plenty of space indoors […]

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Perforated screens cover the facade of São Paulo apartment block by Studio MK27

Perforated wooden shutters allow the residents of this São Paulo apartment building by Studio MK27 to control the levels of daylight in their living spaces (+ slideshow). The Vertical Itaim building was designed by local firm Studio MK27 for a site in the city’s upmarket Chacara Itaim neighbourhood and contains 10 apartments. Most of these […]

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Casa Mororó by Studio MK27 is a 65-metre-long house in rural Brazil

This 65-metre-long house in the Brazilian countryside was designed by Studio MK27 to be opaque at one end and transparent at the other (+ slideshow). Led by architect Marcio Kogan, the São Paulo studio planned Casa Mororó for a mountainous region over 100 miles outside the city, where temperatures rarely exceed 20 degrees Celsius. Related […]

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