BLOCO Architects was founded in Brasilia by the architects Daniel Mangabeira (University of Brasilia-UnB, 1999), Henrique Coutinho (UnB, 1997) and Matheus Seco (UnB, 1999). The office produces projects of different scales and programs, from homes and buildings to interiors and temporary facilities. BLOCO shares the understanding of urban space as a result of the continuous interaction between small, medium and large size constructions. Therefore, each work starts from the reflection on its place in the city.

BLOCO’s projects are directly related to their specific constraints such as topography, solar orientation of the site and constructions costs. The limits that might be imposed by a certain programs are always considered as open possibilities. Above all, the office assumes that each project is a powerful tool for transforming its context.

BLOCO Architects is one of the founding members of Atelier Piloto. The purpose of the collective is to foster interaction between students, professionals and architecture schools through workshops that promote collaborative work with a common goal: to think about the city.

 

Main Awards, Exhibitions and Selections

2018- The 711H House is one of the finalists of the Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel Architectural Prize 2018, São Paulo.

2018 – The Vila Rica House wins the 2nd prize at the ODA 2018 (Obra do Ano – Building of the Year Award), Archdaily Brazil

2018 – The project Aresta House is nominated for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) 2017-2018, organized by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago

2017 – COR Store is awarded the 1st prize for the Interior Design category  at the 55th annual national award of the Institute of Architects of Brazil of Rio de Janeiro (IAB-RJ).

2017 – Alphaville Volta Redonda Clubhouse receives honorable mention for the New Buildings category at the 55th annual national award of the Institute of Architects of Brazil of Rio de Janeiro (IAB-RJ).

2017 – Authoral Restaurant receives honorable mention for the Interior Design category at the 55th annual national award of the Institute of Architects of Brazil of Rio de Janeiro (IAB-RJ).

2017 – The restroom of the MR53 House is awarded 1st prize on the national competition organized by the brazilian brand DECA.

2017 – Aresta House is one of the pre-selected projects to compete for the International Biennial of Architecture in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2017 – Torreão House is one of the  finalists of the Tomie Ohtake AkzoNobel Architectural Prize 2017, São Paulo.

2017 – Outsider Store is one of the representatives of Brazil in the book “Radical – 50 Arquitecturas Latinoamericanas” by Arquine, Mexico.

2016 – The office participates as a speaker – MDA Mendoza, in Mendoza, Argentina, organized by CAMZA (Colegio de Arquitectos de Mendoza).

2016 – Paineira House receives a nomination to compete for the MCHAP-2016 “Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize”, promoted by IIT – Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago.

2016 – Outsider Store is a finalist of the “Building of the Year Award – Archdaily”, commercial category.

2015 – Outsider Store project wins the 1st prize of the “Best of Architecture 2015” award – Brazil, in the commercial category.

2015 – BLOCO Architects participates as one of the representatives of Brazil in the Latin American Biennial of Architecture – BAL2015 in Pamplona, ​​Spain, together with the AR Architects office. In the same month of April BLOCO participates of conferences in the House of America in Madrid and in the University of Alicante.

2014 – POSEAD Building in Brasilia, by BLOCO Architects (under the name DOMO Architects), was among the 15 pre-selected projects for the IX Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in Rosario, Argentina.

2014 – BLOCO Architects is one of two offices selected to represent Brazil at the Latin American Biennial of Architecture – BAL2015 in Pamplona, ​​Spain.

2013 – The “Casa Aberta” installation of BLOCO Architects is selected to take part of the X São Paulo International Architecture Biennial. The installation was built at the Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP) and was exposed from October to December 2013.

2013 – BLOCO Architects is a finalist of the “The Best of Architecture” award with Alphaville Brasília Clubhouse.

2011 – BLOCO Architects is the finalist of the “The Best of Architecture” award with Migliari House.

2009 – The project of Tangram House is one of the winners of the “The Best of Architecture” award in the single-family residential category.

 

 

Executive Members

Daniel Mangabeira, Architect and Urbanist, University of Brasília, 1999, Advisor of Athos Bulcão Foundation, Brasília, 2009-2011, Master in Art in Architecture, awarded Distinction- Westminster School of Architecture, London, 2012-2013, President of the CAU-DF  (Council of Architecture and Urbanism-DF), 2018-2020

Henrique Coutinho, Architect and Urbanist, University of Brasília, 1997

Matheus Seco, Architect and Urbanist, University of Brasilia, 1999, Master in Architectural Design (M.Arch), awarded Distinction – Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, 2004, President of IAB-DF (Brazilian Institute of Architects -DF), 2014-2016

 

 

Associated Architects

Giovanni Cristofaro, Architect and Urbanist, University of Brasilia, 2017. London South Bank University, London, 2014-2015

Guilherme Mahana, Architect and Urbanist, UniEuro, 2009

Luciana Ribeiro, Architect and Urbanist, UniCEUB, 2012

Marina Lira, Architect and Urbanist, University of Brasilia, 2016. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, 2013-2014

Victor Machado, Architect and Urbanist, UniCEUB, 2011

 

 

Interns

Bárbara Neumann, Architecture Student, IESB

Ewerton Alves, Architecture Student, Catholic University of Brasilia

Fernando Longhi, Architecture Student, University of Brasília. Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, 2013-2014

Pedro Ribs, Architecture Student, University of Brasília. Middlesex University, London, 2014-2015

 

 

Structutal Calculation

Civil Engineer André Torres and Vista Engenharia

 

 

Installations

Grid Engenharia

 

 

Administrative assistant

Adriana Alves

 

 

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