What New York is to the northern part of the globe, São Paulo is for the southern hemisphere.
As a first suggestion of São Paulo’s architecture, Viaggi di Architettura suggests an overnight stay at the Hotel Unique (Ruy Ohtake, 1995.) The hotel is one of the most interesting creations Brazilian architect for the singular form a slice of watermelon and walls coated with aged copper.
The route continues by public transport, to visit the main modern buildings in the city:
A visit to the Ibirapuera Park, designed by a group coordinated by archistar Oscar Niemeyer and was established to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city of São Paulo.
In the park there are the following buildings:
Other modern monuments and buildings of the city to see:
In the route of Belo Horizonte, it is also worth to take a look at the buildings designed by Niemeyer and landscape architect Roberto Burle-Marx. From 1940 onwards, around the Pampulha Lagoon, among the most important examples of modern architecture worldwide, you will visit:
In the central square of Belo Horizonte, with Viaggi di Architettura you will visit the buildings and art installations built in the Contemporary Art Centre Instituto Inhotim with the Galeria Adriana Varejão (Rodrigo Cerviño López, 2008), the Centro de Educação, Culture Burle Marx (Alexandre Brasil and Paula Zasnicoff, 2008-2009) and Galeria Doris Salcedo (Carlos Granada and Paula Zasnicoff, 2006-2008), which are among the most important events of architecture and contemporary Braziliant art nowadays.
The tour continues with visiting some of the most important buildings of Brazil:
Then a tour to the satellite city of Taguatinga founded in 1958, even before the foundation of the capital.
Together with a local architect, the discovery of Brazil continues at the city of Rio de Janerio, for a visit to some of the important modernist buildings of the city like:
At the Flamengo Park (Affonso Eduardo Reidy, 1962) whose buildings have been declared national heritage in 1965. In the park there are the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (Affonso Eduardo Reidy, 1953) and the monument of World War II (Helio Ribas Marinho and Marcos Konder Neto, 1956.)
We continue to the Residencia Abigail Seabra de Paula Buarque (Paulo Antunes Riberio, 1938), an important building at the turn of art-deco and rationalism; the Museu Castro Maya – “Chácara do Céu” (Wladimir Alves de Souza, 1956) and the Parque das Ruinas (Ernani Freire, Sonia Lopes, 1995-1997.)
Followed by a visit at the Barrio del Benfica, social housing (Prefeito Medes de Maraes, also called Pedregulho of Affonso Eduardo Reid, 1947.) The northern area, put in the yard in 1948 in anticipation of the World Championship in 1950, has spawned one of the largest sports facilities in the world: the Maracanã stadium (Raphael Galvão, Pedro Paulo Bastos and others, 1949.) And in the Avenida Marques de Sapucaí, the Sambadrome, designed by Niemeyer in 1983; one of the most interesting projects of the recent Brazilian architecture Oi Futuro Flamengo (former Telemar Cultural Centre) designed by Oficina de Arquitetos (2000-2005), a building of the early twentieth century, where the original only preserved the facade.
A visit to the Parque Guinle, an important group of modernist buildings:
A visit to the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói (Oscar Niemeyer 1996) and Caminho Niemeyer with these buildings designed by the architect: