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CHAIM architecture portfolio

A forma nova, diferente, que deve criar surpresa... essa é a arquitetura Arquitetura é invenção Oscar Niemeyer



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RENZO PIANO BUILDING WORKSHOP Intern @ RPBW Genova, Italy from sep/2012 to feb/2013

Date of Birth Live in Nationality Work Permit

27/01/1989 Brasilia - DF, Brazil Brazilian / French Brazil + EU + Latin America


ATRIA Arquitetos Intern @ Brasília, Brazil from jul/2010 to jul/2012 CENTRO DE PLANEJAMENTO OSCAR NIEMEYER Intern @ CEPLAN Brasília, Brazil from mar/2010 to jul/2010

International Workshop “50+50 Re-thinking Brasilia”. Politecnico di Milano (PoliMI) + University of Brasilia (UnB)


LANGUAGE SKILLS Portuguese French English Italian Spanish

native proficient, certificate DALF proficient proficient basic

TECHNICAL SKILLS Autodesk AutoCAD Autodesk REVIT Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Google SketchUP Rhinoceros Microsoft Office

advanced intermediate advanced advanced advanced advanced intermediate advanced



Presented academic work in the international conference PLEA 2011, at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (


LABORATORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY Researcher @ LACAM (UnB), Brasilia, Brazil from oct/2009 - mar/2010

Presented academic work in the international conference SimBuild 2010, at New York University, NY USA (


Undergraduate Student B.A. in Architecture and Urbanism at University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil

Research project financed by Brazil’s National Research Council (CNPQ), on the subject “Architectural and environmental quality in office buildings: directives for projects in Brasilia”, rewarded as the best architecture work in XV Congress of Scientific Initiation of the University of Brasilia (UnB)


2007 - present

Academic assistant at the project “Energy Efficiency in Brasilia: Bioclimatic performance of modernist residential building block”, developed by Oxford Brooks University (England) Independent traveller around 22 countries in Europe, Latin America United States and Mexico and Asia

work experience

Renzo Piano Building Workshop internship at RPBW Genova projects - Sesto San Giovani Aree Ex-Falck + Academy of Arts + Diogene From september 2012 to february 2013 I had the oportunity to work as an intern at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genova, Italy. I was chosen at my university to work in Genova office to represent my university in the agreement that the Renzo Piano Foundation establish with a very small group of other 15 universities. I was honoured to represent not only Brazil, but also Latin America during this time. During the internship, I worked mainly in the project of Sesto San Giovanni, regarding the rehabilitation of the ex-area Falck, in the industrial zone of Milan. Due to the extension of the project, I had the opportunity to work from the masterplan to the architecture, especially with the design of Sesto San Giovanni’s hospital. I also worked in the projects of the Academy of Arts in Los Angeles and Diogene at the Vitra Design Campus in Weil-am-Rhein. During my experience I did many models - both study and presentation models - in very different scales, materials and purposes.

Bassorillievo di Studio FOAM+Plexiglass 1:50

Modelli di Studio Facciata della degenza e Bowindow Schiuma+Plexiglass 1:50

school projects architecture masterplanning urban analysis

edificio comercial central architecture studio V / 2009 autocad / photoshop / sketchup+vray Brasilia is composed by four main scales, according to Lucio Costa’s original project: the residential scale which comprises unifamiliar houses and the famous superquadras; the bucolic scale, which refers to the beautiful urban parks that surrounds Plano Piloto; the monumental scale, composed by the main avenue in which one can find Oscar Niemeyer’s most famous buildings; and, finally, the gregarious scale, where most of the politicaladministrative buildings are located. The objective of this architectural studio was to design a commercial building to be inserted in the gregarious scale. The site has a lot of potencial, due to its central location in relation to the monumental avenue and to many of the most important commercial buildings in the city. The main idea was to stablish somehow a visual connection with the surrounding buildings with the use of glazed façades, but also to recall the modernist appeal of the city, with the use of concrete in the finishings, terraces and pilotis on the ground floor. The podium is permeable, so that pedestrians can cross through, in a way that both the internal and external spaces are connected. With the liberation of ground parking some green piazzas have been created, that help to promote the urbanity sense and accessibility desired for the project.

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Brasilia’s map (1) Residential Scale (2) Gregarious Scale (3) Monumental Scale (4) Bucolic Scale

The Site

Northwest façade

Insertion in the city

Floor plan - type A

Floor plan - type B

The building is composed by two types of plans, that overlap and create wintergardens and balconies that help to shade the building itself. After studying the bioclimatic situation by analysis and simulations with the Design Builder Software, this strategies have been proposed with the purpose of creating a building that could use the most natural ventilation and lighting possible. Thus, the vertical circulation systems are located in the west faรงade (worst situation in Brazilian climate) and the main offices are oriented northeast with great views from the city. The winter gardens can be used for a variety of purposes and allow occupants to enjoy natural light and air within the office spaces.

University of Brasilia’s Aula Magna internal competition / 2010 autocad / photoshop / sketchup+vray / free hand drawing The University of Brasilia is one of the main buildings by internationally famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, but its project remained unfinished due to the dictatorship in the 1960’s that lead to the university’s closure and Niemeyer’s resignation. One of the main parts of his project - the Praça Maior - should be a great square in the heart of the campus, where people could meet and visit the university’s library, rectory, museum of science and technology and Aula Magna. In 2011, Centro de Planejamento Oscar Niemeyer launched a competition, in which students lead by a teacher should design the new building of the Aula Magna - the only one that has not been constructed according to the original project. The concept of our project was to conceive a building that should maintain a visual connection with Niemeyer’s buildings - with the use of concrete as main material, coloured brise-soleil and windows and the use of native Brazilian vegetation for the landscaping. The program should include a 1.500 seats auditorium (aula magna), exhibition rooms, coffee spaces and lecture classrooms. The shape of the building created the possibility of having a permeable and accessible ground floor.

Sections and faรงade


The idea to create a building inspired by Brazilian brutalism lead to the use of concrete as the main material and to the insertion of two robust columns that support the major spam of 50m where the exhibition and lecture rooms are located. This structural solution also lead to the creation of a great piazza on the ground level, that could be recognized as a meeting point. In the conference zone, we proposed the creation of metallic panels that could serve to multi purposes - to be closed when during some presentation or opened so that the stage could serve both inside and outside.

Floor plan

First floor

Second floor

1:75 Model of RPBW Vesima Model Lab @ UnB / 2011 model in wood The model lab at the University of Brasilia mostly expores the potentiality of wood in architecture by the ellaboration of wooden models. I chose to do the model of Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s headquarters in Genova, where I would end up working as an intern for six months. The project is composed by regular steel slabs, sustained by concrete foundations that Piano created in the slopes of the Ligurian sea’s cost. The huge wooden roof is sustained by the main structure - made up of pillars of profiled steel which are repeated according to a standard span of approximately 9.60 m - and by the secondary structure that is composed by wooden beams of different sections that fit and structure the sealing material. The closures and side coverage are in special double glass with an inner layer air that reduces solar gains but allows, simultaneously, the entry of light natural throughout the day. The building of the model followed three main steps: the site, the roof and façades and, consequently, the assembly of the model, followed by the final step of the finishing.

Setor Noroeste de Brasília: a new proposal architecture studio VIII / 2011 autocad / photoshop / sketchup+vray / free hand drawing The main subject of this architectural studio was the proposal for the expansion of the Northwest sector, the last available region for housing within Lucio Costa’s original Plano Piloto in Brasilia. The project of the Northwest is really controversial in Brasilia and it is now composed by three parts: the Burle Marx park - a 300 ha urban park - the Northwest gouvernment plan - 275ha - (both of them currently under construction) and the expansion zone - 250 ha. The expansion zone is located in an extremelly environmental sensible region, a few meters far from Brasilia’s National Park and from many water sources. Thus, the main strategy was to avoid very densed and populated areas, prioritizing free urban and green spaces. The majority of the buildings have been designed to have 4 floors + ground floor in pilotis, so that the horizon view could be maintained. The main avenue, that connects the expansion area to the exhisting Northwest sector and to the other parts of the city is provided with bus + tram line, so that the combination of bycicles and public transportation could be possible. The exhisting Northwest Sector

References: St. Gilles, London

The Northwest and Brasilia

Masterplan for the expansion Residential Buildings Commercial Buildings Connections with the city, bus and tram lines

Detailling of one crossing and the streets profile

Detailling of one block, where it can be seen the presence of the green areas


EXPO Maquete 2012 wooden architecture in wooden models / 2012 As a coordinator of the faculty of architecture’s student group “wood in architecture”, I organized together with our leader professor the exhibition “EXPO Maquete 2012: Retrospective 1995-2011”, whose main subject was to show the work done in the faculty of architecture’s model lab. During three months all the work has been done by our team: the first triage of the over 200 models in the archives, the selection of the best works to be shown, the restoration process - that sometimes even included a rebuilt process - the elaboration of the graphic design, layout of the exhibition and its mounting. In the end of the process we managed to restore over 100 wooden models and to exhibit them to over 1500 people that visited the exhibition from 12th march 2012 to 5th april 2012 in the Gallery of the University of Brasilia’s Faculty of Architecture. The aim of the exhibition was to promote the work done by the students of the Faculty of Architecture and to improve the model lab conditions and it was composed by four main sections: the first one was showing the works done by the students of 2011, the second one was dedicated to the process of model making, the third showed a collection of Brazilian colonial roofs and the last one was exhibiting the restored models that represented the history of the model lab.


architectourism My two main passions are architecture and travelling, so with the concept of architectourism I managed to connect both of them and to have great experiences. As I was born, live and study architecture in Brasilia, since 2011 I organize group visits to tourists who want to know and understand Brasilia. By proposing an itinerary that not only includes the main touristic points, I try to transmit what I learnt from Brasilia project as an architecture student , but also as someone who lives there and fces the real side of the “utopia�. As an independet architectourist and, thus, an explorer of architecture around the world, I travel as many as I can, always seeking for references to my works and to beauty for my eyes. +39 334 9085 458 +55 61 99619880

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