In February 2014 Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld won the architecture competition for the site around the Eislaufverein (ice-skating association) in Vienna, Austria, and became the subject of an animated discussion. Following the announcement of the competition Architekturzentrum Wien will present the work of the prize-winner to the public with the exhibition A to Z. The World of Isay Weinfeld. The exhibition illustrates Weinfeld’s impressive and dynamic practice, that considers every aspect and detail of his projects, be it a doorbell, door handle or the edifice itself, with the same attention. “I always try to design everything in my profession: if I design a house, I design the interiors, the bell, everything. I see architecture as a whole thing, as if I was an art director. The idea expresses my wish to design from the beginning of life to the end.” Continue reading
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Due for completion in November of this year is the Centro Cultural do Instituto Ling in Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. Designed by prolific Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, the institute will offer courses in anthropology, art history and geopolitics, and will also host exhibitions, concerts and performances throughout the galleries of the 35,000 sq. ft., three-story complex.
Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld is working on his first New York City project: a residential condominium commission in the heart of West Chelsea, NY, overlooking the High Line. Surrounding a lush garden, the condominium takes the name of Jardim, the portuguese word for garden, and will include 36 new luxury condos, with private gardens, along amenities such as parking, indoor pool, gym, massage room, children’s playroom, private storage, and bike storage. Centaur Properties and Greyscale Development Group bought the through-block site, between 27th and 28th streets and Tenth and Eleventh avenues, last year for $45 million, amid several other rising projects, including a Zaha Hadid structure located right next door. Check out Jardim‘s teaser site here.
Located in Puenta Del Este, in Brazil’s neighboring Uruguay, Fasano Las Piedras is a hospitality complex that combines private homes, hotel bungalows and spa amenities (spa, equestrian center, golf and polo fields, etc.) in 1,185 acres of beautiful open landscape. Gracing this month’s cover of French periodical L’Officiel Voyage and projected by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, in collaboration with Domingos Pascali, the Fasano Las Piedras perfectly integrates with its setting, unobtrusively composing a simultaneously luxurious and rustic site. Weinfeld notes: ‘Upon our arrival for the first land reconnaissance visit, we had no doubt that those buildings and the rustic and unique workmanship element– should be preserved. The detailed study of the program/client brief led us to resort to scattering the units as isolated modules that “landed naturally” on the terrain, just the rocks themselves’.
A series of short films by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfled have been recently made available, each being uploaded every two weeks in the app IW Filmes. Isay Weinfeld’s spectacular shorts give virtual tours of some of his most visionary and celebrated architectural projects, with highly choreographed camera work and accompanying hand-picked score. The films reveal the architectural sites atmospherically, as it also points to Weinfeld’s early, awarded career as film-maker before becoming one of the key voices in contemporary Brazilian architecture. “The idea to make these films came from my passion for cinema and music. It’s my work as an architect seen through my filmmaker’s gaze.” explains Isay.
Argentinian architecture periodical 1:1000‘s current issue is dedicated to the impressive work of Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld. Surveying some of his most important works, the issue reveals Weinfeld’s elegant and straightforward sensibility and impeccable attention to details. Read more here.
Celebrated Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld wins the competition for the Areal Hotel InterContinental Vienna complex, announced earlier in the month at the final jury meeting in Vienna. Check out the video interview where Weinfeld tells Manuela Hötzl, for Bulding Blogs, about the project and his idiosyncratic approach. Check out proposed project here.
Madrid-based architecture magazine Arquitectura Viva featured an article on Isay Weinfeld‘s 360˚ building in São Paulo. The 360˚ Building stands out from other São Paulo residential buildings as it avoids the traditional stacked apartments, offering a looser layout that allows for each unit to have an outside area more like a courtyard than the usual terraces – a ‘Babylon of courtyards’ – ” …in this building sixty-two dwellings are arranged around real courtyards, conceived as bona fide domestic spaces, spacious and open to light and air…. Distributed in the tower’s twenty floors, the courtyards form aesthetic voids between the living units.”
Isabel de Luca interviewed Isay Weinfeld in-depth for Brazilian newspaper O Globo, on the opening day of his exhibition at ESPASSO NY. Disclosing some of his passions and the interdisciplinary facets of his 40-year career – with award-winning movies, stage design and participation at the 2002 São Paulo Bienal – Weinfeld reveals his intimate and idiosyncratic approach and a curious nature that enabled the longevity and scope of his work. Isay Weinfeld’s A to Z installation is on view at ESPASSO NY until December 2nd.
Alyn Griffiths interviewed Isay Weinfeld, for Dezeen magazine, about his current NY exhibition at ESPASSO, marking 40 years of his prolific career. Welcoming challenges, variety and new types of projects, Isay reveals a dynamism that keeps his practice fresh and multifaceted as seen in the works at his ESPASSO exhibition: a crib and a coffin; “This idea expresses my wish to design from the beginning of life to the end” says Isay. Check entire interview and slideshow here.