• Catetinho: The first presidential house in Brasilia, Brazil

    Author(s):
    Marina Martins Mennucci, Pedro P. Palazzo (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Brazilian culture, Modernism, Wood, Historic preservation
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    6th International Conference of Construction History
    Conf. Org.:
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Conf. Loc.:
    Brussels
    Conf. Date:
    2018
    Tag(s):
    Brasilia, 1950s
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/f4ez-e229
    Abstract:
    Among the monuments of Brazilian modernist architecture, the Catetinho, built in 1956 near the construction site of Brasília, is one of a kind. The only extant work by Oscar Niemeyer built out of wood, it was intended to be a temporary office for the President of the Republic during the construction of the new capital city. This work dis-cusses the current state of conservation of the Catetinho, how its design and construction techniques impact conventional wisdom on the preservation of both modernist and wooden buildings, and recommended strategies to protect material integrity and the intelligibility of its original design. The research points out that, while the hastily detailed structural system is itself a risk factor to the Catetinho’s durability, conservation efforts can be helped by a clear vision as to which among the existing materials and techniques are essential to the building’s identity.
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