Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Born (1928-10-25) 25 October 1928
Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Alma mater Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie
Occupation Architect
Awards Pritzker Architecture Prize (2006)
Buildings Serra Dourada Stadium, Gymnasium in the Paulistano Athletics Club, Pinacoteca do Estado, National Coach Museum

Paulo Mendes da Rocha (born October 25, 1928 in Vitória) is a Brazilian architect.

Mendes da Rocha attended the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie College of Architecture, graduating in 1954.[1] Working almost exclusively in Brazil, Mendes da Rocha has been producing buildings since 1957, many of them built in concrete, a method some call "Brazilian Brutalism", arguably allowing buildings to be constructed cheaply and quickly. He has contributed many notable cultural buildings to São Paulo and is widely credited as enhancing and revitalizing the city.

Mendes da Rocha was Professor at the Architecture College of University of São Paulo, known as FAU-USP, until 1998. His work is 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)[2]

Major works

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


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