DL: What has been the most memorable moment of your journey to date?
GB: We are still a new studio with a young team, our achievements happen every year as our work is recognized by different audiences, but certainly reaching the international market is one of them. Our debut in 2020 started with a project in Daytona, Florida; this project in Cascais marks our first project on European ground.
DL: Who are your main references?
GB: Mies van der Rohe, Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan. Jorge Zalszupin as an architect and designer of iconic pieces of Brazilian furniture. Burle Marx with his visual alchemy in landscaping and visual arts also inspires me a lot and ends up giving me brilliant clues on how to include nature and organic forms in architecture.
DL: What brought you to Lisbon?
GB: This project. Coincidentally, other opportunities and experiences brought me back to Lisbon this year and it has always been a good surprise.
DL: What is the city like in your eyes?
GB: Historical architecture in counterpoint or together with contemporary architecture and design creates a rich, fascinating aura – the city’s geography also contributes. An important factor is also the cultural connection I make with my home, the island of Florianópolis, in Brazil; where ancient history and new times take place alongside great waters.
DL: What makes you want to stay (or return)?
GB: In addition to the enchantment of the city, I return because of the welcome I received. The common language and finding a significant Brazilian community were important. I felt a little at home. Of course, I would also go back for the custard tarts.
DL: Any unexpected challenges?
GB: Maybe not so unexpected, but finding local suppliers and transmitting our language to another culture was the biggest challenge. In this mission, QuartoSala supported us a lot, by sharing its contacts and supporting us in monitoring the work.
DL: Do you feel that Portuguese cultural heritage ended up influencing your work?
GB: Yes, and this was one of the intentions. The client wanted a project that conveyed a bit of the regional aura and its landscape bathed by the Atlantic. We designed a base that references natural elements, punctuated with objects and works of art by local artists, some even themed, such as tile works by Add Fuel, paper sculpture by Vhils, lithography by Vhils and Manuel Cargaleiro and photographs by Xan Patron, Antoine Violleau and Igor Shrayer.