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  • Berrin Chatzi Chousein
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A 25,50 metre-long ramp creates smooth transition between rooms in the Studio MK27’s Ramp House

WA Contents • December 27, 2016 • 1657

An elongated form covered with fully wooden panels creates blurred, smooth but also vintage look in the contemporary São Paulo house-designed by Brazilian architecture firm Studio MK27. Called Ramp House, the house features a 25.50 meters long ramp – which connects the living room on the ground floor with the bedrooms on the first floor, where are also located the small home offices – organizes the internal architectural promenade and allows for observing the spaces from (...)

A playful solid-void balance of Brazilian Cerrado House is derived from its internal programme

WA Contents • December 27, 2016 • 1466

Built at the foothills of the Sierra da Moeda, a mountain range in the state of Minas Gerais, the Cerrado House is basically a rooftop pool and a wide staircase that leads to the rooftop terrace. The rooms are right under the swimming pool and have views of the sierra, the Cerrado and its twisted trees.Designed by Carlos M. Teixeira, the play between function and form here is spontaneous and undogmatic in this house: the ramps and stairs of the swimming pool are stamped irrepressibly onto t (...)

An elongated Brazilian house by Mf+Arquitetos is closed down by foldable wooden shutters

WA Contents • November 7, 2016 • 1368

MCNY House is a new private residence stretching out in a plain landscape of Franca in Brasil, which fulfills all the functions of a home needed for each member of family. Designed by Mf+Arquitetos, the house occupies 516 square meters area creating a modest but an inviting space, integrated into a surrounding environment. Covered by fully foldable wooden shutters as a facade element and a new aesthetic component, the private residence is conceived as an experiment, mixing and discovering t (...)

Brazil’s Brutalist Legacy by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

WA Contents • September 29, 2016 • 2164

Brazil's acclaimed architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has received the most prestigious award the 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for architecture that has been announced today by The Brisitish Institute of Architects (RIBA). This is not the first prize given to the world-class architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the architect also won the Praemium Imperiale prize and the Venice Architecture Biennale Golden Lion, announced earlier this year.Paulo Mendes da Rocha, born in Brazil in 1928, is undoubtedly (...)

Leading Brazilian Architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha receives 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

WA Contents • September 29, 2016 • 1941

Brazilian leading architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been named as the recipient of the 2017 RIBA Gold Medal for architecture, which is the UK’s highest honour award for architecture given by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Paulo Mendes da Rocha was also awarded with two major awards this year including the Praemium Imperiale prize and the Venice Architecture Biennale Golden Lion, announced earlier this year.RIBA praised the architect by mentioning as ''Br (...)

Javier Senosiain’s Amoeba House supported on three legs and painted with gold+copper patina

WA Contents • September 26, 2016 • 1963

Organically-designed private residence in Sao Paulo is swaying on the skirts of Itú, which is an old and historic municipality in the state of São Paulo. Amoeba House is one of the most significant works of Javier Senosiain who is a Mexican architect and celebrated as a key exponent and explorer of so-called organic architecture. Completed in 2012, the private dwelling complex was designed with a golf course surrounded by the lush vegetation of the area and located at just 120 (...)

Anibal Office Building is wrapped by perforated aluminum filtering light and sound

WA Contents • September 7, 2016 • 2149

The Aníbal Building is a new office building located in one of the densest and most upscale neighbourhoods of Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema designed by Bernardes Arquitetura. The facade of the building was wrapped by a special patterned perforated aluminum that creates a lattice for filtering light and sound.The office building houses the headquarters of three different companies distributed throughout three open floor plans. Both ground floor and penthouse spaces are shared by all the users. T (...)

Studio MK27 sets up a reminiscent wooden library in Brazilian SP_Penthouse

WA Contents • September 2, 2016 • 2416

Studio MK27's SP_Penthouse in São Paulo introduces retro-figures in the interiors, tracing the fluidity between spaces, all pathways, large corridors, infinite circulations and the palette of pastel tones in upholsteries. Although the penthouse is completed last year, it acts as if it is a kind of a reminiscent of a historical house inherited from a famous architect, artist, or historian. There are so much vintage hints and modern attributes in the interiors of the house wh (...)

Studio MK27’s Catuçaba House in Brazil is made up of local soil and generating its own energy

WA Contents • August 28, 2016 • 3888

Catuçaba House is located over the valley of Catuçaba, Brazil, at an altitude of 1,500 meters, touching the ground with its wooden pillars while diminishing the footprint. This local house designed by Brazilian architecture practice Studio MK27 and completed in 2016, presenting a very narrow wooden facade and long structure within a rich vegetation of São Paulo. The house has a strong relationship with the local nature, abundant throughout most of the year. That al (...)

Climate change threats potential host cities for the 2088 Olympics

WA Contents • August 16, 2016 • 2317

[.....] As our planet grows warmer over our lifetimes, the number of cities that will be cool enough to reasonably host the summer games is going to rapidly dwindle. And that doesn’t just mean Atlanta or L.A. According to an analysis published in The Lancet last week, The Last Summer Olympics? Climate change, health, and work outdoors, only three plausible host cities in the entire continent of North America may still be low risk by 2085 (or the summer games of 2088): San Francisco, Calgar (...)

Richard Meier & Partners completes New Leblon Offices in Rio De Janeiro

WA Contents • August 2, 2016 • 3603

Richard Meier & Partners has completed its first project in South America and has been awarded with Leed-Silver Certification. The office's new Leblon Offices located in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil is comprised of a seven-story, sustainable structure. The building produces generous natural light and includes a unique composition of concrete, glass, and innovative vertical gardens.The state-of-the-art commercial office building in the Leblon neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro houses the (...)

Paulo Mendes da Rocha named as recepient of Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by Alejandro Aravena

WA Contents • May 7, 2016 • 2506

Paulo Mendes da Rocha received Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 announced that Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha is the recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia titled 'Reporting From The Front selected by Alejandro Aravena. The decision was made by the Board of Directo (...)

UIA Rio 2020 The IAB Presents The Official Logo Of The 2020 UIA Congress In Rio

WA Contents • April 27, 2016 • 826

Glaucio Campelo, designer based in Rio, has won the competition for the design of the event’s logo. The Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) has just revealed the logo for the 27th World Congress of Architects, UIA 2020 RIO. The symbol proposed by Glaucio Campelo, of UniDESIGN, Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with designer and professor PUC-RIO Suzana Valadares Fonseca, was chosen from among 48 other participants in a competition launched for the logo. With the theme, “Al (...)

Studio Gang selected to design New US Embassy in Brasilia

berrin chatzi chousein • March 10, 2016 • 1725

Brazilian National Congress designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1960. image courtesy of shutterstock.The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, The Department of State, has officially announced that Studio Gang will design the New U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil. Studio Gang has been selected from a very talented shortlist of six architecture/engineering (A/E) teams by the Department of State. In a press reelase, it was stated that ''Studio Gang presented a strong and co (...)

Henning Larsen Architects designs Olympic Pavilion in Rio de Janeiro

berrin chatzi chousein • March 8, 2016 • 1213

Henning Larsen Architects has revealed the images of pavilion for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, taking place in August 2016. Denmark has been granted the unique opportunity to set up a pavilion on the world-famous Ipanema Beach. The pavilion, designed by HLA, will be a dynamic venue for cultural exchange during the Olympics of 2016.The pavilion will accommodate a program including sports, exhibitions, music, food and events and will be open to the public. The location right on the be (...)

Felipe Russo catches invisible objects in urban space of São Paulo

berrin chatzi chousein • January 13, 2016 • 1252

all images © Felipe RussoBrazil-based photographer Felipe Russo creates new photograph series catching invisible objects in urban space of São Paulo. Russo lives and works in São Paulo and highlights some simple, alone, strange objects to reveal the complexity and vibrant character of the city with an unusual shots. Actually, São Paulo has a lot to present to the public from its streets, art, activism and urbanism-Russo's images ex (...)

IV World Planning Schools Congress 2016 in Rio de Janeiro / July 3rd -July 8th

berrin chatzi chousein • January 12, 2016 • 1024

image via 1V World Planning Schools CongressThe initiative to organize World Planning School Congresses came up with the formation of a global network by national and regional associations of planning schools and institutes around the world in 2001. Since then this network, the Global Planning Education Network - GPEAN assigns the organization of each World Congress to one or more schools of one of its members. In five and five years, this event aims to bring together scholars and professio (...)

How to create urban reality: mapping Brazil’s contemporary urbanism

berrin chatzi chousein • January 11, 2016 • 1943

image created from hashtag for #Brazilianarchitecture via InstagramFor any countries, searching Google and social media accounts and typing “modern architecture / urban conditions of [country name]’’ on Google is always a stimulating force for me to overview the latest advancements, projects, major developments or discussions within an open-ended spectrum in a visual/verbal way- this becomes some sort of visual content but also becomes discussable flowing data for my memor (...)

Casa HLM by Rafael Lorentz integrates with landscape presenting a pure view in Brazil

berrin chatzi chousein • January 11, 2016 • 1449

all images © Marcelo DonadussiPorto-Alegre based architect Rafael Lorentz designed a very pure concrete house in the city of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, which provides a full-landscape view with wide openings, concrete arc-shaped structure. Brazilian architecture has really unique and distinctive style because each building has its own character that transforms itself in another dimension-Brazilian architecture always renewed, reshaped and diversified on the ver (...)

Santiago Calatrava’s Museum of Tomorrow opened in Rio de Janeiro

WA Contents • January 11, 2016 • 2365

image © Bernard LessaThe Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's new museum The Museu do Amanhã / the museum of tomorrow opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- and the museum welcomed more than 25,000 visitors on its first weekend. The project supports the revitalization of Rio’s Porto Maravilha neighborhood, Museu do Amanhã Focuses on Future of Planet. The building creates an innovative cultural space addressing the f (...)