Paulo Mendes da Rocha, one of the vital acclaimed architects in Brazil and world wide, has passed away at 92. The pioneer of “Brazilian Brutalism” died in São Paulo on Sunday Could twenty third, following a battle with lung most cancers.
Born in 1928, Mendes da Rocha’s profession started on the age of 29 when he received a contest to design the gymnasium of the Paulistano Athletics Membership. Following the Paulistano Athletics Membership, Mendes da Rocha designed many notable tasks together with the renovation of the Pincoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, and the Patriarch Plaza redevelopment undertaking with its iconic portico. He’s thought-about one of many exponents of the “Paulista Faculty”, a gaggle of modernist architects shaped within the Nineteen Fifties that embraced uncovered concrete surfaces, tough finishes, and heavy, brutalist massing.
His contribution to structure was acknowledged in quite a few awards, together with the Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin American Structure in 2000, the Pritzker Prize in 2006, the 2016 Venice Biennale Golden Lion, the Japan Artwork Affiliation’s Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in 2016, and the RIBA Gold Medal in 2017.
In September 2020, Mendes da Rocha donated his whole archive of works, nearly 8,800 objects referring to 320 undertaking, to the Casa de Arquitectura, Portugal’s most distinguished architectural venue. The gathering included 6300 sketches, 3000 images, and 300 publications. Reflecting on his demise, the Casa de Arquitectura remarked that “any further, the world and structure will stay irremediably poorer.”
Nadia Somekh, President of the Council of Architecture and Urbanism of Brazil, mentioned that Mendes da Rocha “leaves a legacy of masterpieces on account of knowledgeable apply marked by boldness and technological refinement. Paulo Mendes da Rocha was a beneficiant educator, not solely as a instructor, but additionally in day by day contact with colleagues with whom he labored on tasks and works. We categorical our emotions to members of the family, mates, colleagues and to Brazilian society as a complete, who misplaced a humanist who vigorously expressed the social dedication of Structure and Urbanism.”
Paulo Mendes da Rocha is survived by his spouse Helene, and youngsters Renata, Guilherme, Paulo, Pedro, Joana, and Naná. Paying tribute to his father, Pedro Mendes da Rocha mentioned, “After a lot designing buildings in concrete and metal, my father went on to design galaxies with the celebs.”