Friday, April 16, 2010

The Leaf House of Rio de Janeiro...

Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Leaf House was inspired by Brazil’s Indian architecture, perfectly suited for the hot and humid climate of Angra dos Reis, which is just one hour south of Rio de Janeiro. The roof  in form of  big leaves protects all the enclosed spaces of the house from the sun - verandas and the in-between open spaces. All the open spaces are the main living areas, the essence of the design. They allow trade winds from the ocean to pass trough the building, providing natural ventilation and passive cooling. The architects see this as low-tech ecoefficiency where it has the greatest impact; as the concept of the architectural design.

There are no corridors, with the interior and exterior spaces being almost fused. Rainwater is taken from the roof for re-use. With its natural finishes, organic aesthetics and richness of details, the house is in harmony with the brazilian nature.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Capoeira - a fighting art

Capoeira - a fighting art that originated in the coastal areas of Brazil. A special alloy of African and European traditions allowed to include in this fighting art the elements of music, dance, magic rituals, acrobatics and games.

The game - that's exactly what Capoeira is, while maintaining the seriousness of the fighting arts. In a circle rivals are competing not in the number of strokes, they do not try to knock each other but try to outplay the opponent, showing a beautiful, elegant technique, using stealth and wit, delighting audiences with incredible possibilities of the human body. A goo win is  not enough for capoeirists. It must be beautiful, but the process of the game should be fun and exciting.