Swiss architecture firm Herzog & De Meuron realized their first project in Brazil, the Arena de Morro, in the Northeastern capital of Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte; a permeable and fully adaptable gymnasium in the low-income community of Mãe Luiza, the building utilizes a large single roof composed in a louvered structure that allows the income of light while preventing rainwater. Introducing a new scale to the area, the main space of the Arena do Morro seats 420 people, and can comport sport games, concerts, events, etc. as it also features multipurpose rooms for classes, changing areas and a terrace overlooking the ocean. Built in replacement of a bare cement filed (with no walls nor ceiling) in the same location, the Arena do Morro stands as a functional symbol for the physical and social activity of the community.
Carlos Motta‘s São Paulo atelier is located in the lively São Paulo neighborhood of Vila Madalena, a trendy center where many bars, restaurants and shops open and close, reflecting the dynamism of the city. This was not the case 30 years ago when Motta first moved to the area, then desolate and industrial, to open his furniture atelier. This week’s GNT Fashion interviews Motta about his atelier in Vila Madalena and his sustainable design production, which utilizes reclaimed woods to creates most of his unique furniture. “I don’t need to cut down a tree. They are either reclaimed or FSC-Certified (Forest Stewardship Council). A world forest council; they oversee that the manner in which wood is taken from nature, for our use, is in the most correct way.” Check out video here.
Overlooking Lake Lucerne, in Switzerland, is the 618-square-meters semi-detached Kastanienbaum Twin Houses by Lussi + Halter Partner AG. Minimal and stripped to basics, the the two-storey dark grey concrete façade and overhang, and the ‘continuous glass facade on the ground floor makes it possible for the inhabitants to enjoy a direct connection with their surroundings’. Inside, Brazilian design furniture icons are part of the decor, bringing in some warmth and curves to the site; included are Sergio Rodrigues‘ Kilin and Diz armchairs, Mucki coffee table and his Mocho stool – the first piece Rodrigues ever designed in 1954, along the Paulistano armchair designed in 1957 by Pritzker prize laureate Paulo Mendes da Rocha.
The latest edition of GQ Brasil highlighted 5 projects in São Paulo that are helping re-define the capital’s residential architecture. GQ’s selections range from intimate and reclusive projects to flashy skyscrapers: while Isay Weinfeld‘s elegant Oito re-imagines the traditions of São Paulo luxury-apartment living in the eight large units hidden behind its minimal metal and austere façade, Spanish architect Fermín Vázquez’ Forma Itaim building houses a much larger number of apartments in a setting resemblant of a luxury hotel, with a colorful façade bound to animate the neighborhood’s somber skyline. Other spotlighted projects include Arthur Casas‘ understated and ultra-comfortable Edifício Único, featuring a beautiful louvered façade, and the Vitra building projected by Daniel Libeskind, listed among the 10 best residential buildings to live in the world on American financial and lifestyle magazine Worth. Check entire article here.
Located in Bragança Paulista, town 55 miles inland from São Paulo, the Quinta da Baronesa House, projected by Studio Arthur Casas, was completed in 2012 and seamlessly integrates outdoor and indoor in an airy and ample project that makes use of reclaimed woods and bricks as some of its main materials. “My intention was to have the house unnoticed from street perspective, therefore the rugged topography of the land was important.” reveals Casas. Check out more of the house here.
HGTV Decor paid homage to Sergio Rodrigues, pointing at their favorite Rodrigues’ pieces – the Chifruda and Mole armchairs and Mocho stool – and sharing the amazing photoshoot of Rodrigues working at his Rio de Janeiro atelier, documented by The Selby in 2012. Check out entire article and slideshow here.
Located at the classic United Artists theater in the Downtown Los Angeles Historical Row on Broadway, is the Ace Hotel Los Angeles, designed by Angeleno design firm Commune. As the project retains most aspects of the original 1927 architecture, the impressive original entrance, foyer and magnificent adjacent theater, co-mingle with modern and contemporary designs. Casual and lively, the hotel’s rooftop terrace includes a pool and view of downtown Los Angeles, boasting an eclectic mix of furniture and decor, including a set of Carlos Motta‘s outdoor Timbó dining chairs, at the poolside dining table.
Cadogan Estates has collaborated with Wallpaper* to create a stunning pop-up apartment in the newly renovated 155 Sloane Street building to showcase the ultimate in modern, stylish London living. The apartment will be open to the public on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October, by appointment only, and will include a selection of international contemporary and modern furniture, curated by Wallpaper’s editors, including Jorge Zalszupin‘s JZ tea trolley originally designed in 1959. Tony Chambers, Wallpaper* editor-in-chief, comments, “This project has permitted our talented editors and stylists to express their unique vision and style, normally seen in print, in a real-life setting, right in the heart of London. The end result is an apartment which will surprise, inspire and influence – and do justice to this beautiful Victorian building.”
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 Arthur Casas designed the latest Saraiva bookstore in Rio de Janeiro. In it whimsical details, such as color-coordinated books, co-mingle with Casas’ clean and minimal aesthetic and with iconic Brazilian furniture, as the Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Beg armchair by Sergio Rodrigues. Casas had also designed the children’s section at the Saraiva bookstore in São Paulo, earlier in the year, complete with a rainbow-carpeted ramp.