Superquadra


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Brasilia, inaugurated on April 21, 1960 as Brazil's new capital, is best known for its large residential blocks, named Superquadras. Each block, a repeating element in architect Lucio Costa's master plan, had a distinct configuration, with an average of 11 residential buildings raised on ‘pilotis’ and a height limit of six floors. In the original plan, each Superquadra was designed to be autonomous, with its own school, playgrounds and commercial area. Fascinated by this megalomania, Erik Van der Weijde visited Brasilia and photographed 30 of these residential blocks (and a similar residential complex in Rio de Janeiro) in his deadpan style.  


 

 

 

 


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