As we home in on the half-way point in Rio’s 2016 Olympic Games, we look beyond the stadiums to discover and celebrate the most exciting, exotic and inspiring design and architecture from all over Brazil.
Before leaving the Olympic Park, we will first of all acknowledge the Olympic Stadiums themselves, the product of over 4 years of design and construction. Wilkinson Eyre, a British Architecture firm who designed and built the Basketball Arena for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as a host of other prolific British and International projects, developed the concept for the three-in-one structure before handing over to local practice Arqhos Consultoria e Projetos in 2013. The large and rippled metal structures are interspersed with wooden louvres; the natural material not only looks aesthetically pleasing contrasted with the contemporary metalwork but is in keeping with the ‘Green Games’ theme of Rio 2016. Each building has been designed with sustainability and adaptability in mind.
Just in time for the Olympics, Yoo2, the latest hotel from John Hitchcox and Philippe Starck, opened its doors in the centre of Rio. Brazilian designer Milina Romano has taken the truly tropical nature of Brazil and created striking, standout rooms filled with the rich colours, patterns and textures of the country’s rich design heritage. Brazilian architects Sergia Gattass lead the transformation of the building from its previous life as an embassy for various countries. Romano ensured that as much of the design as possible was filled with “Brazil-ness” and worked with local designers wherever possible, including sourcing a bespoke chandelier from Ana Neute.
The work of Oscar Niemeyer defined modernist architecture in 20th century Brazil. He designed strikingly original public buildings that stood apart from their time, so that his influence continues beyond his death in 2012 and into the present day. His most famous work includes the Congress of Brazil, the Cathedral of Brasília The National Museum of Brazil and the Museum of Contemporary art in Rio. His free flowing style continues to inspire the architects and designers of Brazil and all over the world.
Kogan founded his Sao Paulo studio MK27 in 2001, but he has been designing and building in Brazil since the 1990s. Combining his love of architecture with his love of film-making, his largely residential projects are well known nationally and internationally for their drama and originality.
Photographs by Pedro Vannucchi and Fernando Guerra.