Brazil, the big B of the BRIC countries, is in high spirits. The host of the 20174 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games currently lives up to its golden 1950s when it strengthened its industry and its democratic base, won two football world championships (1950 and 1958), and gave Bossa Nova to the world. The current upswing involving booming economic growth and cultural development is accompanied by good architecture: a great number of outstanding buildings have emerged, reviving international interest in Brazilian architecture.
This publication provides an exciting selection of 220 modern buildings-from the canonical works of brazilian modern architecture to barely-known buildings; from works of the six best-known Brazilian masters-namely, Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Joao Vilanova Artigas, Lina Bo Bardi, and Joao Filgueiras Lima (Lelé)- to those of young aspiring architectural offices.
Coming from different cultural contexts and professional backgrounds, the three authors favoured and open-minded approach to Brazilian production.
Considering the vastness of the country and the enormous number of projects, the selection presented here- beginning with the first modernist house by Gregori Warchavchik in Sao Paulo in 1927- is far from exhaustive but presents a panoramic overview that helps the traveller to see good architecture.