Founded in 2003 by Angelo Bucci, SPBR is one of Brazil's most promising new generation architectural outfits. Their MO: a strong sense of the flow between interior and exterior spaces.
Could you tell us a bit about the history of the studio?
The studio was founded in 2003 as a response to my working conditions and
needs: sharing time between university and office, while working in small teams
with a flexible structure.
Who are the partners?
SPBR is basically owned by me; but I try to manage it as a group of architects. Thus, João Paulo Meirelles de Faria (31); Juliana Braga (32) and Ciro Miguel (30) all own a minor part of the firm as associate architects. This situation provides quite a flexible structure as it allows each of us to adjust our involvement in each project. Ciro has finished his Masters at Columbia, NYC; and Juliana will be finishing her Masters soon at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Sao Paulo where we all studied.
Where else have you all worked?
I was a founding partner at MMBB architects from 1996 to 2002; and I was also a partner at Arquitetura Paulista with Alvaro Puntoni and Alvaro Razuk between 1989 and 1994.
How would you describe SPBR's architectural approach?
At a time when architecture faces a lack of meaning, I'm trying to design meaningful projects.
Are there particular materials or spatial arrangements that characterise the
work of the practice?
We try to use the same air inside and outside; our work is to create the spaces in between indoor and outdoor. In addition, structure is naturally very carefully considered.
What projects have recently been completed?
We've just done houses in Carapicuiba and Santa Teresa, as well as the Ataliba Leonel School, and the House in Ubatuba.
What is currently being designed?
We're doing the Mediatheque PUC building in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazil Apartment Building in Lugano, Switzerland, a housing complex in the Algarve, Portugal, as well as several other small projects.
Are there any Brazilian architects in particular who have inspired or encouraged you?
Oscar Niemeyer, Afonso Eduardo Reidy, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Vilanova Artigas, Carlos Millan, Eduardo de Almeida, Marcello Fragelli, and Marcos Acayaba.