Alejandro Aravena - 15th International Architecture Exhibition, REPORTING FROM THE FRONT, Venice, Italy
Alejandro Aravena presented the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, titled REPORTING FROM THE FRONT, in Venice, and Leonardo Finotti traveled to Italy to participate in the preview. By clicking the image you can see the result of this visit, a comprehensive reportage on the most important event for the architecture. The highlighted image belongs to Gabinete de Arquitectura´s exhibition, awarded as the Golden Lion for the best participant. The Spanish pavilion received the first prize for National participation, while Paulo Mendes da Rocha won the Lifetime Achievement Prize.
From tomorrow and until the 3rd of July you can visit a new exhibition by Leonardo Finotti, Rio Enquadrado, at the Museu da Casa Brasileira. The show features 80 unprecedented black and white squared pictures (80 x 80 cm), and it was conceived as a tribute to Rio de Janeiro after its 450 anniversary. Both format (square) and expression (b&w) are uncommon in Finotti´s work, used to the standard 2:3 proportion and the natural color. Curator Michelle Jean de Castro designed an installation where the visitor can focus individually in each work and at the same time understand the exhibition as a whole.
Besides the obvious interest in reviewing the new projects for Rio Olympic Games and its quality as a building, one could ask about its future as an obsolete structure once the Games are over. The Arena of the Future is one of the projects for Rio 2016 that take that question into account. This temporary facility will be dismantled and its parts will be used for building four municipal schools in Rio de Janeiro. The project consists of a centrar concrete court, surrounded by an elevated promenade, all wrapped in a wooden translucent skin. While seen from outside the building is a simple prism, the complexity relies in the interplay of different spaces, which stimulates the relationship between spectators and other users.
We are so glad to share this news: Paulo Mendes da Rocha is the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia - Reporting from the front. About 10 years ago Leonardo Finotti started to photograph Mendes da Rocha´s work. After this period of time, we can say that this profile we are presenting today, with more than 60 projects, is the most significan photography work on the Brazilian architect.
We have just realised that this one is the first newsletter of this year that features a project in São Paulo. It sounds strange, but has a reasonable explanation: we have been restless, moving a lot, especially to Rio de Janeiro. Anyway, there was a very good project waiting for us in the city, and it is the subject for today´s newsletter. One can still use the expression Young architecture when speaking of Metro, but the fact is that they already have a wide experience, particularly in the field of architecture for the arts. In the project for Casa Triângulo gallery they took bold decisions, achieving an abstract and at the same time expressive result.
Today´s newsletter is dedicated to Vigliecca & Associados´ new constructions of the Deodoro Olympic Park. Located in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro, the featured complex comprises four interventions, which go from the landscape desing exercise of the Canoe Stadium to the squared Arena, the project that opens this email. All the constructions take advantage of its special location surrounded by mountains. The main project of the complex is the Arena da Juventude, an elegant temple-like building circled by slender columns in two of its sides, while a long ramp stretches between the colonnade and the façade. The Arena mixes a Miesian precision in terms of shape and details with the requirements and flexibility of a contemporary indoor stadium.
Arena da Juventude, one of the most important new constructions for Rio 2016, is now completed, at Deodoro complex
Vigliecca & associados designed the new constructions of the Deodoro complex for Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This are the outdoor hockey fields
More than an architecture project the canoe stadium feels like a landscape desing exercise, interplaying with the majestic scenery of Rio de Janeiro
The excuse for today´s newsletter is Leonardo Finotti´s new trip to Switzerland. After more than 10 trips to the Helvetian country this should not be a news, but every new visit amazes us as the first time. Today we are showing a new work by Schneider & Schneider shot during our previous stay. This are the headquarters for the insurance company Gastrosocial. The new twelve-storey skyscraper occupies the plot of a demolished tower, and is the result of a competition won by the Aarau-based architecture firm. Besides its form, resulting from the particular shape of the plot, stands out its materiality, clad on a green stone from a nearby quarry.
One month ago Leonardo Finotti visited Uruguay, mainly to photograph two new projects by MAPA architects, a young practice based in both Montevideo and Porto Alegre (southern Brasil). From that trip we selected the Retreat in Finca AGUY to be featured in today´s newsletter, a compact country house located in Pueblo Eden, near Punta del Este. The abstract prism was made 200 km away, in a facility on Montevideo´s outskirts, and carried on a truck to its final settlement, a beautiful olive grove. Local builders worked on site, while the box was being assembled by a qualified workforce. At the end the result shows these two parallel moments: the elegant volume seems to float over the rustic walls, reducing the visual impact of the construction.
Established in Curitiba (capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná) in 2008, Arquea Arquitetos was founded by Bernardo Richter, Fernando Caldeira de Lacerda and Pedro Amin Tavares. These young architects, whose foundations lie on transcending client´s expectation, started their collaboration as students of the school of architecture.Located in Batel neighbourhood, the 1232 building occupies a long and irregular plot. By liberating the ground floor for parking, the two storey apartment building seems to float between both black continuous party walls. Besides the definition of this conceptual shape, the design is focused on defining the various skins that cover the corps.
Collaborate with Swiss architects has been a challenging work, and a very rich learning process. You can imagine the several differences between Brazil and Switzerland, but you might be forgetting one of the most important for photography: the light. It was the case for today´s project, located in Luzern. The swiss milk company Emmi developed an urban complex, designed by Russli Architekten, which includes not only its headquarters but also three housing blocks. The new ensamble comprises an assortment of public spaces, where a long central plaza is highlighted.
Today´s newsletter is devoted to one of our favourite subjects: the beach house. This is Jacobsen´s SM house, located in Taguaíba, São Paulo´s northeast shore. The main components of the house were fabricated on facility in São Paulo and then moved and assembled on site. The project faced a double condition: the house should be a shelter (protecting from the strong sun and frequent rain) and at the same time should motivate the relation with the outside. The apparent contradiction was solved, mainly with the design of the projected wooden ceiling and the continuous veranda.
The subject of today´s newsletter is the new building for the Instituto Ling. Located in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil, the project is the result of a competition won by São Paulo-based architect Isay Weinfeld. The construction, an abstract concrete prism, occupies a corner on João Caetano street. The realisation of the building celebrates 20 years of continuous work in the field of education, culture and art. With the new construction the institute widens its original purpose by expanding their activities, creating an interesting cultural center.
The construction of the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course is the result of a competition won by young practice Rua Arquitetos, architecture studio established in Rio de Janeiro in 2008, led by Pedro Évora and Pedro Rivera. The project is located in Barra da Tijuca, district originally designed by Lúcio Costa in the West Zone of the city. Because of the nature of the architectural brief the building was conceived as a piece of landscape, and like the Golf sport most of its space is outdoors, arranged around a square partially covered by a sculptural but light canopy. The simple but elegant concrete shapes evoque the forms of the Brazilian Modernism, so it links this building to the rich tradition of Rio.
Today´s newsletter features the new Museu do Amanhã (Museum of tomorrow) is the first project by spanish architect Santiago Calatrava in Brazil. It is located on the Mauá Pier, in front of MAR museum and the new Mauá Square, and it is part of the urban project Porto Maravilha, which seeks to reactivate Rio de Janeiro´s port area. The museum building is devoted to applied science, divided in 5 areas ( Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow and Now) and curated by Luiz Alberto Oliveira. The LEED building includes the use of water from the Guanabara Bay to controle its temperature and moving passive protections that controle the light of the spaces and sun incidence.
The Museu de Congonhas was inaugurated on December, 30 years after the inclusion of the Santuário do Bom Jesus do Matosinhos in the list of UNESCO´s World Cultural Heritage. The museum was conceived by the Brazilian branch of the UNESCO, the IPHAN (the national institute of artistic and historic heritage) and Congonhas´ City Hall. The design by Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados won the first prize of the competition, and started a long process of construction. What follows is part of the architect´s statement: “The museum is dedicated to making clear mediation regarding the eloquent heritage built through time and by time. Being like this, it tries to establish a bond with the symbolic grounds started in the 18th century”
As everyone knows, a new year is coming, and we say goodbye to 2015, a year full of challenges and satisfactions. During this hard year for Brazil, in terms of economy, we managed to expand our work, but keeping our high standard quality. When we look back stands out the work for the MoMA: the exhibition itself, the inclusion of 15 images to the museum´s collection and the photo profile on the catalogue. Besides we highlight the works related to Latin American Modern Architecture, like Identidade Latino-Americana exhibited in Brazil or Ecos del MoMA in Argentina.
Leonardo visited the building site of the new MIS on Copacabana´s Av. Atlántica and made a few pics
one of the first olympic new buildings already completed, the golf course by RUA
The Claudia Andujar Pavilion, devoted to the work of the Brazilian photographer (she was born in Switzerland but has been living in Brazil from the 50s) is Inhotim´s 19th gallery and its second largest building. It was designed by Belo Horizonte based firm Arquitetos Associados, a familiar face from the art complex. The project, located on a slope among dense native vegetation, consists of a set of volumes, linked by a courtyard. The boxes, as decided together with the curator Rodrigo Moura, shelter the exhibition divided in four parts. The presence of the large building is soften, in a manner of speaking, by the treatment of the surfaces, clad on fluted bricks.
We were waiting for this project to be completed, and our curiosity is satisfied, with one of the most important building of this year
after ten years of hard work, here is the Museum of Congonhas, just completed by Gustavo Penna Arquitetos
one of the two new versions of minimod. Unlike the previous mini, this one is totally made of wood
one of the two new versions of minimod. unlike the previous mini, this one is totally made of wood. The Minimod i consists of five square modules, one empty in the end of the volume
featuring hamaca house, oscar freire building, mar, gcp house, vila aspicuelta, driving range público, bao'an international airport projects.
new images of the MASP museum, now closer to its original condition
the famous museum on Paulista avenue is changing, but is changing for good this time. Metro is recovering the spaces, which includes the glass and concrete easels
featuring cdpp casa ibiá (cover), aigai spa, aesop oscar freire projects.
The mythical Lina Bo Bardi´s MASP is going though a restoration to recover its original condition. This exhibition is one of Metro´s interventions on the building
featuring Lussi-Halter´s twin houses
new office project in São Paulo recently shot, designed by Basiches and developed by Even
featuring cs house, são cristovao pavilion, mar projects.
featuring architect s house, vila taguaí, jg house, delta house projects
Leonardo revisited Broos´ brutalist church in Vila Mariana, completing its reportage, now with interior images
Leonardo completed his reportage on Lina Bo Bardi´s theater, now with some external views from the side and back and with this stunning perspective
this nice beach house will be part of the monographic issue on Gui Mattos works edited by Monolito
featuring palácio do alvorada, serra dourada stadium, house of canoas, whitney museum of american art, glass house, cantina antinori, casa barragan projects.
featuring retrofit 9 de julho, unitt, pascal 1777, antares building, palazzo merano building, positano building, fascino building, condominio nautilus, palazzo ducale, atlantis building projects.
Revisiting Modernism is one of our working areas. But what if nobody visited the project before? It was the case for this house by Paulo Mendes da Rocha; completed more than 40 years ago it remained forgotten, and hence unpublished. Designed for the engineer Ignácio Gerber, the house looks at the sea of Angra dos Reis, and is the only Mendes da Rocha´s work in Rio de Janeiro state. Supported by only four concrete central pillars and sit on a big rock, this project exemplifies Mendes da Rocha´s way of understanding structure and space. The cantilevered concrete ceiling projects the space, blending architecture and landscape. Almost hidden is the basement, a cool space among the existing rocks.
The concrete house, covered with a folding roof, occupies a long but small plot. With no views or a big garden it creates its own interior landscape, where stands out the hanging wooden volume stretches across the whole house. The volume and the exposed concrete folded wall, which hides the service areas, enhance the continuity of the fluid space.
In 2007 Leonardo Finotti presented a solo exhibition in Switzerland at the ETH and about the work of Oscar Niemeyer. From that time on we established a strong relationship with swiss architects, thanks to the help of many friends, like Cristina Casagrande and Remo Halter, who collaborated in the aforementioned show. Few weeks ago Leonardo visited Switzerland again. Today´s newsletter features our profile on swiss architecture, with almost 100 projects. By clicking on the image (Frauenfeld´s Hospital Access by Schneider & Schneider) you will see all the projects and make your own journey through them.