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Paulo Mendes da Rocha | Bak Gordon Arquitectos

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is a rare architect of a worldwide reputation, winner of both the Mies van der Rohe and Pritzker Prizes, in 2000 and 2006 respectively. Surprisingly therefore, except for the Brazil pavilion at the 1970 Osaka Expo, he has hardly a project outside of Brazil to his name. But, here in Lisbon, Portugal the New Carriage Museum is fast changing this record. In his eighty-five years, Paulo Mendes has constructed his first building outside his native country, even if in a country still within the fold of his mother tongue.
Paulo Mendes was schooled by a small group of Brutalist architects, later known as the Paulista School, that included his mentor Villanova Artigas, and Lina Bo Bardi, who had left her native Italy in the immediate aftermath of World War II. They produced what could be described as one of the finest bodies of work in the Brutalist idiom conceived...

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