Category Archive: Michelle Harper

A Growing, Floating Play-Space

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The Iporanga House near São Paulo by Marcos Acayaba is inarguably a playful space in itself.  It is set on a dramatic hillside surrounded by tall Brazilian trees that can be seen from the… Continue reading

A Playful Explorative Space

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The principles of child spaces in architecture are to encourage the youth to risk and challenge themselves, to learn independently or in group situations, to understand their own physical and mental limits, and… Continue reading

A Growing, Evolving Space

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The Iporanga house designed by Marco Acayaba represents growth, as I interpret it.  The upbringing of children, and allowing them to grow and evolve as individuals to flourish accompanies the concept of growth… Continue reading

Rain Chain Detail

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Through studying the Residência em Iporanga, the concept I have been exploring was growth through repetition of forms.    On the basis of wanting to embody this concept, I began to wonder what method… Continue reading

The Perplexity of Geometrical Suspended Structures

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  Oftentimes when investigating an architectural creation, you look for powerful elements in the design to find inspiration.  For me, the truss system beneath the Iporanga House is baffling and captivating at the… Continue reading

A Sensory Delight: Acayaba and The Eyes of the Skin

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Juhani Pallasmaa’s essay, ‘The Eyes of the Skin’, summarizes the way in which people experience architecture in general – by all senses inherently ingrained in us all.  The Finnish architect theorizes that architecture,… Continue reading

The Environmental Design Awareness of Marcos Acayaba

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Marcos Acayaba studied at the Architecture and Urbanism College at University of São Paulo (now recognized as the FAU).  The founding goal of the school was to meld art and engineering combining technical… Continue reading

Evolution of Forms in Nature: Fractal Exploration

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The design process can often be challenging and protracted, but many architects find inspiration and solace in the forms of nature.  Marcos Acayaba’s house in Iporanga can be associated with natural forms in… Continue reading

The Geometrical Symbolism of the Iporanga House: An Analysis

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The Iporanga house demonstrates vast experimentation with geometry.  The architect, Marcos Acayaba believes that design starts with strategy, which dictates the final form, but he also believes that it must surpass simple forms. … Continue reading

The Residência em Iporanga: Hexagonal Box

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Marcos Acayaba’s Iporanga house was constructed in Guarujá, Brazil in 1992-1993. When looking at the structure of the Iporanga house by Marcos Acayaba, there are two overarching themes; geometry and ethereality.  Constructing a… Continue reading

Case Studies 5

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Marcos Acayaba, Residência em Iporanga – 2 (left) Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil, 1992-1994. Sources: http://www.marcosacayaba.arq.br/lista.projeto.chain?id=22  “La “Curiosità” Strutturale Di Marcos Acayaba, Architetto Brasiliano = the Structural “Curiosity” of the Brazilian Architect Marcos Acayaba.”… Continue reading