Solano Benítez & Gloria Cabral
Where: The Cooper Union
7 E. 7th St. | 41 Cooper Sq.
212-353-4100 Price: $15
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Each year The Architectural League’s Current Work series features significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Solano Benítez & Gloria Cabral will present their firm’s work in a public lecture.
In 1987 Solano Benítez founded Gabinete de Arquitectura, which he shares in partnership with Alberto Marinoni and Gloria Cabral. Gabinete de Arquitectura harnesses the specialized knowledge of Paraguayan labor to create and construct buildings made of vernacular materials such as brick and tile, which can withstand the nation’s extreme heat and heavy rains. The architects rely on this expertise as a source of innovation in their designs and their construction. By privileging sustainability and respect for the environment, the firm “starts from ideas about bringing some benefit – either to the people who are going to use the buildings or to the city around them.”
At the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2016, Gabinete de Arquitectura exhibited a soaring parabolic canopy pavilion constructed from Paraguayan brick. The firm won a Golden Lion award and was cited by the jury for using “simple materials, structural integrity and unskilled labor to bring architecture to underserved communities.” Other recent projects include the Teletón Children’s Rehabilitation Center, which was constructed entirely from recycled materials, in Lambaré, Paraguay, and the Unilever building and campus in Asunción. The firm designed several residences in Paraguay including the Esmeraldina House in Asunción, the Las Anitas House in Santani, and the House in Itauguá.
Gabinete de Arquitectura was a finalist for the 2nd Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin American Architecture in 1999 and received a Work of the Decade award from the Paraguayan College of Architects. The firm also participated in the 10th Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism in São Paulo.Buy tickets/get more info now