Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Paulo Mendes da Rocha (October 25, 1928 – May 23, 2021) was a Brazilian architect.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha
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(2009)
Born(1928-10-25)October 25, 1928
DiedMay 23, 2021(2021-05-23) (aged 92)
NationalityBrazilian
Alma materMackenzie Presbyterian University
OccupationArchitect
AwardsPritzker Architecture Prize (2006)
BuildingsSerra Dourada Stadium, Gymnasium in the Paulistano Athletics Club, Pinacoteca do Estado, National Coach Museum

Mendes da Rocha attended the Mackenzie Presbyterian University College of Architecture, graduating in 1954.[1] Working almost exclusively in Brazil, Mendes da Rocha began designing buildings in 1957, many of them built in concrete, a method some call "Brazilian Brutalism", arguably allowing buildings to be constructed cheaply and quickly. He contributed many notable cultural buildings to São Paulo and is widely credited with having enhanced and revitalized the city.[2]

Mendes da Rocha was a Professor at the Architecture College of University of São Paulo, known as FAU-USP, until 1998. His work was influenced by Brazilian architect Vilanova Artigas, from the paulist Brazilian School. He was honored with the Mies van der Rohe Prize (2000), the Pritzker Prize (2006), and the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for lifetime achievement (2016).[3]

Mendes da Rocha died on May 23, 2021, in São Paulo at the age of 92.[4][5][6]

Major worksEdit

Year Building or product Location
1957 Gymnasium in the Paulistano Athletics Club São Paulo, Brazil
1957 Paulistano Armchair (reissued in 2004 by Objekto)
1964 The Guaimbê Residential Building São Paulo, Brazil
1969 Brazil's pavilion at Expo '70 Osaka, Japan
1973 Serra Dourada Stadium Goiânia, Brazil
1987 Saint Peter Chapel São Paulo, Brazil
1987 Forma Furniture showroom São Paulo, Brazil
1988 Brazilian Sculpture Museum São Paulo, Brazil
1992 Patriarch Plaza and Viaduct do Chá São Paulo, Brazil
1993 Pinacoteca do Estado São Paulo, Brazil
1997 FIESP Cultural Center São Paulo, Brazil
2002 Patriarch Plaza São Paulo, Brazil
2015 National Coaches Museum Lisbon, Portugal
2017 Quelhas House Lisbon, Portugal
2017 SESC 24 de Maio São Paulo, Brazil

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2007-07-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "FERNANDES, Luiz Gustavo Sobral. O novo projeto para a loja Forma. Minha Cidade, São Paulo, ano 19, n. 225.05, Vitruvius, abr. 2019".
  3. ^ "Paulo Mendes da Rocha Awarded Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement". ArchDaily. 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2016-05-06.
  4. ^ "Morre Paulo Mendes da Rocha, o último gigante da arquitetura brasileira". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 2021-05-23. Retrieved 2021-05-23.
  5. ^ https://www.cnnbrasil.com.br/nacional/2021/05/23/paulo-mendes-da-rocha-referencia-mundial-da-arquitetura-morre-aos-92-anos
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/26/paulo-mendes-da-rocha-obituary

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