Museum of Tomorrow by Santiago Calatrava Opens in Rio de Janeiro

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Museu do Amanhã (the Museum of Tomorrow), is set to open its doors in Rio de Janeiro’s burgeoning Puerto Maravilha neighborhood. Conceived as an innovative cultural space addressing the future of the planet, the design of the museum is influenced by local culture and, through its architecture, explores the relationship between the city and the natural environment. “The city of Rio de Janeiro is setting an example to the world of how to recover quality urban spaces through drastic intervention and the creation of cultural facilities such as the Museum of Tomorrow,” said Calatrava. “This vision led us, in our first designs, to propose the addition of a plaza outside the museum,” the architect added. “The plaza creates a more cohesive urban space and reflects the neighbourhood’s greater transformation.” The building is oriented along the north-south axis, perpendicular to the bay. This highlights the horizontal of the design, which includes a massive trussed roof capped with solar panels that move to follow the position of the sun. The roof is supported by curving white ribs. A half circle-shaped window tops the entrance. Water from the bay is used to cool the building and feed the large reflecting pools on both ends of the museum. The water is then returned back into the sea. Inside, the museum includes temporary and permanent exhibition areas, a 400-seat auditorium, an education centre, cafe and gift shop. The museum will explore topics such as climate change and population growth, changes in biodiversity, genetic engineering and bioethics, and new advances in technology.

Country House in Brazil by Studio Arthur Casas

Studio Arthur Casas has designed a home for a young family, located near Sao Paulo, Brazil. “A young couple with children hired our Studio to conceive this country house in a very steep plot. Located near São Paulo, the project has close to a thousand square meters, but remains almost imperceptible from the street. We chose to have total integration between architecture and the terrain, creating an innovative solution where the house is terraced and gradually changes from private areas in the upper floors to common spaces in the lower levels. The section demonstrates this relation through a large staircase within a wooden box. It develops in a straight line that structures the entire program. To the right are the spa and home theater, the latter is within a cantilevered box that works as a trampoline suspended above the swimming pool. Bricks from previously demolished houses were used to give a rich texture to the house, in contrast with the wood employed in the main stairs box and panels that protect the bedrooms. On the ground floor are the common areas. To the left a living room is dominated by a suspended fireplace chimney covered in limestone. It is next to the kitchen open to a courtyard with a vertical garden. On both sides large glass doors can be pivoted as garage gates, allowing total integration with the golf course landscape. On the first floor were placed the private areas of the house, divided in two sections, one for the family and the other for guests. Doors in the corridor allow creating two distinct apartments. All the five suites can be open to generous balconies protected by cantilevered pergolas that enhance the integration with the landscape. On the second floor, aligned with the street, the house appears as a puzzling volume covered in Brazilian teak, with a large corten steel door. The interior design contains iconic pieces by Jorge Zalsupin and Brazilian craft, such as the chair made with branches from Ilha do Ferro, in the Northeastern state of Alagoas.”

KamaSurra – To End the Police Abuse during Street Protests in Brazil

Today we want to show you interesting project called KamaSurra and made by Gabriel Morais together with Renato Botelho and Bruno Pereira. The project aims to raise awareness on a serious social issue in Brazil: the violent and illegal behave police officers have been showing against innocent people during peaceful street protests. KamaSurra it’s a series of posters based on the original positions of Kama Sutra, but instead of portraying couples making love, we see policemen spreading hate, while abusing innocent citizens. The illustrations portraits real events seem on street protests that have been taken place in Brazil since the beginning of 2013.

Smart Pan

William Spiga and Juliana Proserpio Martins from Brazil became a finalists on IDEA Brasil 2009 and Brasil Design Awards with this creative pan called “Coral Pan”. At the first glance it’s just well designed pan. But it’s not so simple. Coral changes color depending of temperature in order to alert the user avoiding burns and accidents in the kitchen. And as additional feauture this pan has the easily removable handle which allow to use this pan as bowl.