Made from a PMI, this proposal for MG State Schools that we just delivered (pictured) seeks to define an architectural identity linked to a modular and flexible solution for the new units in elementary and secondary cycles of the State schools. All blocks have natural lighting regulated according to the solar orientation; they are protected by precast concrete louvers lined up along the corridors, so they can dampen excessive sunlight and act as a small living areas. The project was made in partnership with M3Arquitetura.
The short text below was published on the exhibition catalogue of the “2º Instituto Tomie Ohtake’s Architecture Award”, which presented its prize finalists in September 2015. The jury was formed by Shundi Iwamizu, Abílio Guerra and Carlos Teixeira (Vazio S/A), who wrote about the winning project, “Cota 10″.
+info: Exposição do 2º Prêmio de Arquitetura Instituto Tomie Ohtake Akzonobel
Urbanism of Absence
Can architecture be the revelation of an absence? An investigation into a latent energy, a sensitivity to an inaudible background noise? That seems to be the motto of Cota 10. In a profession always concerned with building, few hear the echoes of what was demolished. Busy with adding, architects rarely consider the potential of subtraction, destruction, and voids.
The Argentinian magazine PLOT has just published, in its 29th edition, two works by Vazio S/A: a review on the book Entre (Artifice Books on Architecture, 380p., 2012) and the intervention Strucutral Archaeology.
“Abismos Arquitetônicos” (Architectonic Abysses) is an essay about the Indian cisterns which has just been published on the architecture online journal Vitruvius.
My first impression upon seeing the Indian stepwells was this: they look like a reverie of inverted steps and levels, a descent into the depths of the desert every bit as disconcerting as a plunge into the abyss. Rendered all the starker by the play of light and shade, these flights of steps form an architectonic mantra of stunning visual effect, endowing the stairways with a vertiginous rhythm, repeating a pattern that boggles for its scale and multiplication, as if reproduced ad infinitum in a hall of mirrors.
Vazio S/A has TWO projects nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize 2014-2015!!!, the largest and most prestigious architecture award in the Americas. Promoted by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, the list of nominees is on this link. The competing projects are Strucutral Archeology and Cerrado House.
Which challenges faces the architect in the Brazilian context for the viability of their projects? Why are there so few projects that directly face the urban problems they are part of? How to deal with inventiveness in architecture?
Carlos Teixeira (Vazio S/A), along with architects Abilio Guerra (Vitruvius) and Shundi Iwamizu (SIAA) were invited to speak on the subject at symposium “Narratives of a Practice”, which takes place March 17 at Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo. The debate will be followed by a lecture by Pritzker prize architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.
Sketch: BCMF Arquitetos
Habitaculo, exhibition at the Cine Theatro Brazil Vallourec, opened last week. Alongside artists Nydia Negromonte, Grivo, Wilson Baptista and collective Micropolis, Vazio S/A / Carlos Teixeira participates with the intervention "Structural Archaeology" (pictured). Habitaculo was curated by Fabiola Moulin and Marconi Drummond, and runs until December 20.
Photo: Gabriel Castro