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Casa Modernista: A History of the Brazil Modern House


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A rediscovery of one of the most powerful schools of Modernism. On the one hand sensual and warm, on the other rational yet rhythmic, Brazilian Modernism is the soulful alternative to its European parent, better known for theoretical rigor and cold precision. Using the modern materials of concrete and reinforced glass, as well as wood and steel, Brazilians brought to Modernism an unspoken philosophy that allowed for the free flow of nature and built forms, so that the one was not dominated by the other but rather embraced by it. The undulating and amorphous buildings of Oscar Niemeyer are perhaps the best known expressions of this philosophy, in which the typical straight line of Europe’s Modern home becomes a graceful arabesque. The story of the Brazil Modern house is a tradition, a great flowering of talents and vision and a revealing new experience of Modernism, that until now has not been properly documented. Casa Modernista is the first volume to comprehensively cover this extraordinary architecture. Within its pages is featured not only the work of Niemeyer, but also that of all the most important modern architects of this extremely rich, multifaceted nation, including Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Jorge Machado Moreira, Carlos Leao, Alvaro Vital Brazil, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Joao Walter Toscano, and Abrahao Sanovicz.

About the Author

Alan Weintraub is a widely published architectural photographer whose recent books include Oscar Niemeyer Buildings.

Alan Hess, an architect and architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News, is co-author of Julius Shulman: Palm Springs and author of Oscar Niemeyer Buildings.

José Eduardo de Assis Lefèvre is a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of São Paulo.

Table of Contents


Gregori Warchavchik

House at Rua Santa Cruz 1927


Francisco de Paula Ramos de Azevedo

Houses at Rua Piauí 1927


Frederico Kirchgässner

Frederico Kirchgässner House 1929




Gregori Warchavchik

Casa Modernista

House at Rua Itápolis 1930


Jayme Fonseca Rodrigues

Jayme Fonseca Rodrigues House 1937




Plínio Croce

House for João Alberto Bressan 1945


João Batista Vilanova Artigas

João Batista Vilanova Artigas House 1949


Rino Levi

House for Olivo Gomes 1949




Lina Bo Bardi

Casa de Vidro 1951


Olavo Redig de Campos

House for Ambassador Walther Moreira Salles 1951


Sérgio Bernardes

House for Lota de Macedo Soares 1953


Oscar Niemeyer

Casa das Canoas 1953


Olavo Redig de Campos

House for Geraldo Baptista 1954


Henrique Ephim Mindlin

House for Lauro de Souza Carvalho 1955


Paulo Antunes Ribeiro

House for Ernesto Waller 1955


Affonso Eduardo Reidy

House in Vale do Cuiabá 1959




MMM Roberto

House for Paulo Werneck 1960


Carlos Barjas Millan

House for Roberto Millan 1960


Sérgio Ferro Pereira

House for Boris Fausto 1961


Carlos Alberto Cerqueira Lemos and Eduardo Corona

House for Luiz Eduardo Magalhães Gouvêa 1961


Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Paulo Mendes da Rocha House 1964




Rodrigo Brotero Lefèvre

House for Cleomenes Dias Batista 1964


Luiz Forte Netto, José Maria Gandolfi, and Roberto Luiz Gandolfi

House for Eloína Elza Prolik 1966


Paulo Sérgio Souza e Silva

Paulo Sérgio Souza e Silva House 1967


Fávio Império with Rodrigo Brotero Lefèvre

House for Prof. Juarez Rubens Brandão Lopes 1968


Hans Broos

Hans Broos House and Studio 1968


Abrahão Sanovicz

House for Zélia Deri Twiaschor 1968


João Walter Toscano

João Walter Toscano House 1968


Ruy Ohtake

House for Tomie Ohtake 1968


Dácio Ottoni

House for Sérgio Farrage 1968


Edmilson Tinoco and Sylvio de Barros Sawaya

House for João Marino 1969


Israel Sancovski and Jerônimo Bonilha Esteves

House for Nilton Schor 1969


Eduardo Longo

House for Frank T. Dawe 1969




Décio Tozzi

Fazenda Veneza 1970


Jon Maitrejean

Jon Maitrejean House 1971


Júlio Roberto Katinsky

Júlio Roberto Katinsky House 1972


Paulo de Mello Bastos

Paulo de Mello Bastos House 1972


José Eduardo de Assis Lefèvre

House for Durval Rosa Borges 1972


Joaquim Guedes

House for Beatriz Kerti 1973


Marcelo Accioly Fragelli

House for José Gregori 1974


Dilva Slomp and Orlando Busarello

Slomp Busarello House 1974


Marcos de Azevedo Acayaba

House for Marlene Acayaba 1975


Maria Nadir Miranda de Carvalho

Rogério and Maria Nadir House 1976


Eduardo de Almeida

House for Max Define 1978


Siegbert Zanettini

House for Rodolfo Galvani 1979

Product Details

A History of the Brazil Modern House
Weintraub, Alan
Foreword by:
De Assis Lefevre, Jose
De Assis Lefevre, Jose
Hess, Alan
De Assis Lefevre, Jose Eduardo
Jose Eduardo de Assis Lefevre
Interior Design - General
Interior Design
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
11.2 x 11.3 x 1.4 in 5.6375 lb

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