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Bernardes Arquitetura

Magazine Architecture | 12 Nov 2018

“DESIGNING IN AN HONEST WAY”

 

Modern, sincere. An architecture that exists so it can be lived and not just contemplated. These are the principles of the Brazilian studio Bernardes Arquitetura. Thiago Bernardes is the face of a multidisciplinary team and brings with it the historical name that connects him to his grandfather Sérgio, one of the most leading personalities of Brazilian modern architecture, and to his father Claudio. But it is the present that motivates him the most. It is in the present that he participates in projects that become unique opportunities to do things in a different way. Thiago opened the doors of his studio to ROOF Magazine, and spoke of the importance of finding an essence in everything they do.

 

Renzo Piano said in an interview in 2017 about the need to avoid falling into the trap of nostalgia, that what keeps people alive is not what you have done, what you have been, but what you will be and what you will do. Do you agree? What stimulates you about the future of architecture?

The challenge is to try to learn new things with each project. Of course, the clients come to us through projects that we have already done, that is, they have a connection, a reference, but we always try, somehow, to dare slightly more and practice an architecture up to a limit that we can support. I believe what we have from the past is comfort, comfort in every way, which is something that our architecture seeks. And comfort does not only come from an image, from fabulous architecture, comes from feeling well in a place and creating harmony in those atmospheres. We always want to do what is new. That is what feeds us. Each project is an opportunity to do different things. I like to believe that we feed on the pleasure of creating something new that is efficient in every way. The client serves as a research field for us. At the same time, in Brazil, people who have a lot of money do not understand the essence of materials and I sometimes say that we have been cleaning architecture up a bit, which, because of money, came dirty. We have tried to show that you do not have to cover it so much for it to look beautiful.
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Featured in ROOF 17

 

Casa Triângulo © Leonardo Finotti

Casa Triângulo © Leonardo Finotti

Casa Península © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Casa Península © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Casa Península © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Casa Poa © Leonardo Finotti

Casa Origami © Leonardo Finotti

Casa Origami © Leonardo Finotti

 

Text: Cátia Fernandes

Bernardes Arquitetura

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