Bar-Pool-Gallery — Belo Horizonte, Brazil
In the frenzied build-up to next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, it’s easy to overlook the fact that there are quieter pleasures to be had in Brazil. Such as the new Bar-Pool-Gallery that anchors the Vila Gaya residential development that sits on a stunning 70,000 sqm hilltop site overlooking the 18th-century city of Belo Horizonte and the surrounding mountains. Open to the public, the austere concrete and timber folly – literally, an open-air pool and deck bookmarked on each end by a bar, and a gallery space that is slated to be converted into a spa at a later date – is a collaborative effort between local architects BCMF and MACh. The cantilevered bar, pitched vertiginously over a 10m drop, offers uninterrupted vistas of the wild countryside that are best savored with a perfectly chilled cachaça.