If there’s one country that’s used to being in the eye of the hurricane recently, it’s Brazil. Since being declared as the organizer of the recent Football World Cup and the forthcoming 2016 Olympic Games, based in Rio de Janeiro, the South American nation has been synonymous with the constant physical and literal construction of a future that has to be seen and told. A country that is seeing how homes, buildings and offices are always built against the backdrop of irreconcilable contrasts: north and south, opulence and poverty, beaches and the Amazon, heat and cold, life and insecurity.
Brazil’s architecture is striding towards a promising future thanks to multi-million dollar investments, from a past marked by its colonial influence. A clash of styles that breaks the mould, responsible for reminding us of the origins of the discovery and conquest by European nations, then breaking away from the past with the rise of neo-classicism and modernism. Skies that have been won over by architects such as Oscar Niemeyer, the designer of the iconic futuristic buildings in the newly-created capital of Brasilia in the 1960s, or Paulo Mendes da Rocha, who took charge of changing the history of São Paulo for ever.
The joyfulness and spirit of the Brazilian people is another emotion evoked by the interiors and exteriors of the buildings found throughout this enormous country. An energy which has encouraged us at Inalco to continue capturing the very essence of parts of the world undergoing revolutionary changes, using green and yellow to offer a lesson in how to combine materials, ideas, styles and historical moments. An evolutionary process involving ideas that shake the foundations of a future that has yet to be conquered by architects and engineers from all over the world, who set their sights on this country, which is constantly being constructed in very different ways.