Analysis of architectural and urban  designs and scientific articles

The Architectural Design and its phases

May 13, 2020

Spirit creation, documented through graphic or written representation of the set of conceptual elements, developed and elaborated in order to allow its materialization, being able to refer to a work or installation, to be carried out through technical and scientific principles, aiming at the achievement of an objective or goal and adapting to the available resources, laws, local regulations, and the alternatives that lead to the viability of its execution.

Contextualized Urban Code: a future for architectural design in Rio

October 10, 2019

Research proposes a new form of urban code: the Contextualized Urban Code (CUC). The CUC expands the possibilities of producing multifamily residential buildings that promote a higher quality of urban life and that move towards the recognition of environmental and built pre-existences, promoting a harmonization of urban morphology and enhancing the use of public space.

Casa da Música: requalification of urban space through architecture

August 16, 2019

Casa da Música is a concert hall located in the city of Porto, in Portugal designed by Architects Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon. TIt is the result of an urban renewal process, started in 1998 when Port was chosen as the European Capital of Culture of 2001. However, it was officially opened only in April 2005, with the works [...]

The Diamond in the university crown

May 13, 2019

The University of Sheffield developed from three local institutions, the oldest being founded in 1828 and in 1905 it was officially opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. In the 21st century, the University implemented an ambitious growth strategy with the construction of several buildings, with emphasis on The Diamond [...]

Brooklyn Bridge: weight and lightness

February 14, 2019

Designed by the German-American Civil Engineer John Augustus Roebling, it was opened in 1883 with the aim of connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn, in New York. Six days after its inauguration, a rumor that the bridge would collapse caused turmoil and fear. The businessman P. T. Barnum helped to resolve any doubts about its stability when [...]

The Sagrada Familia Temple - Barcelona

November 19, 2018

The Spanish architect Antoní Gaudí, aged 31, conceived a colossal project: The Temple of the Sagrada Familia. It has grandiose figures: 110 meters long by 45 meters high (15 floors), three facades, with four high towers, each (12 in total) dedicated to the apostles, four monumental steeples (one for each Evangelist) and [...]

The largest dome - to this day

August 17, 2018

The Pantheon is one of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings. Originally dedicated to the Roman gods, it has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic church dedicated to "Saint Mary and Martyrs", (better known as "Saint Maria Rotonda "). In 1892, the French architect [...]

Schroder House: a manifesto of the DeStijl movement

May 09, 2018

The Rietveld Schroderhuis house, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, was commissioned by Mr. Truus Schröder-Schrader to the architect Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, and built in 1924. This small single-family residence, with its spatially flexible interior, and its visual and formal qualities , was a manifesto of [...]

Bramante's Tempietto and the crucifixion of Saint Peter

February 13, 2018

The cloister next to the Church of San Pedro, in Montorio, contains one of the most beautiful architectural creations in the world, the Bramante’s Tempietto, probably built between 1502 and 1507, with later modifications such as access to the crypt through a double staircase, designed by Bernini. The Tempietto [...]

Central Park: a natural-built landscape

November 16, 2017

Central Park, the first large public garden space in the United States of America, was created in the 1850s as an antidote to social unrest, largely as a result of the country's first wave of immigration, and a serious public health crisis, caused by environmental conditions [...]

The Metope in Classical Architecture

August 23, 2017

The choice of the name Metope (Métopa) for the company stems from the fact that this element, no matter how small, has an important role in the whole of Classical Greek architecture. It tells a story. Transmits information. It has a function. Like our office, which is always attentive to the details that make all the difference. The Doric Order is composed of the vertical element [...]

The Surrealist Salvador Dali Theater-Museum

May 15, 2017

Inaugurated on September 27, 1974, the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, near Barcelona, Spain, is the result of the transformation of the ancient ruins of the Municipal Theater, left by the bombing of the Spanish civil war (1936-1939). Reflecting not only the works of art but also Dalí's own surrealist behavior (“I am the very [...]

FAUP: organized asymmetry by Siza Vieira

February 9, 2017

The Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto - FAUP, Portugal was designed by the Portuguese architect who won the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, Álvaro Siza Vieira, and built between 1986 and 1995. Among the highlights of the work, the rectilinear and asymmetrical openings stand out, design of the slabs, sometimes horizontal, sometimes inclined, edges or recesses; and the volumes, full or empty, rectangular or cylindrical, showing [...]

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