São Paulo is marked by opposites, contrasts and recently, social unrest and its new architectural projects revel in this dynamism. Mark takes a look at new cultural, commercial, retail and housing projects, including Triptyque’s unconventional shopping complex and Vigliecca e Associados’ housing project that revitalises a slum in the ‘polyphonic’ city.
Then Issue #45 heads for Antarctica to explore Hugh Broughton's design for a research station, stops at a petrol station in Batumi by Giorgi Khmaladze, and moves on to Dalian, China, to visit Coop Himmelb(l)au's new Conference Centre before revisiting The Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo.
WOHA, Guillermo Hevia, Ken Levine, Paul de Ruiter, Robbrecht and Daem, Marie-José Van Hee, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, Mico, Alataş, Ábalos+Sentkiewicz, Bernardes + Jacobsen, Darren Gilford, MBM, World Map, KSA, Takeshi Hosaka, Beals + Lyon, Ma-Style
- Introduction: São Paulo
- Brasil Arquitetura: Praça das Artes houses a plethora of schools and institutions for music and dance.
- Vigliecca e Associados: A large housing project by Vigliecca e Associados exemplifies São Paulo’s new way of dealing with slums.
- Triptyque: Triptyque looks at the shiny side of shopping.
- Nitsche Arquitetos: Nitsche Arquitetos responds to restrictions imposed by site, building code and surroundings with a colourful office block of staggered volumes.
- Coop Himmelb(l)au in Dalian: The Dalian Conference Center is a prime example of thoroughness and precision work.
- Giorgi Khmaladze in Batumi: Giorgi Khmaladze’s petrol station doubles as a fast-food restaurant.
- TD Architects in Flachau: TD Architects criticizes architecture criticism by proposing seven new magazines.
- Kisho Kurokawa in Tokyo: The Nakagin Capsule Tower was top of the bill after its completion in 1972, but it now suffers from indecisiveness and neglect.
- Hugh Broughton Architects in Antarctica: Hugh Broughton designs for life at the end of the world.
- Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik in Vienna: Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik collect film clips that feature architectural models.
- Field Office in Luodong: Rather than an iconic design that signifies high culture, the Luodong Cultural Workshop is an open space that is part of civic life.
- Plasma Studio in Sesto: Ulla Hell’s apartment tops an existing building, forming a natural symbiotic relationship.
- Espen Dietrichson in Oslo: Norwegian artist Espen Dietrichson levitates architecture.
- Aedas in Singapore: The Star by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas accommodates everything from rock’n’roll and Broadway shows to church services.
- Philipp Oswalt in Berlin: Philipp Oswalt urges architects to consider knowledge derived from other disciplines.