Architect Rui Ohtake He died this Saturday (27), at the age of 83, in São Paulo. The cause of death was not mentioned. Roy was the son of Brazilian naturalized Japanese artist Tommy Ohtake.
Born in São Paulo, he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (FAU) in 1960.
Driven by innovation, Roy has been one of the most influential names in contemporary Brazilian architecture. The architect left his mark on the entire landscape of São Paulo.
With well-defined geometric shapes and striking colours, his works are recognized from afar by the capital – with emphasis on Hotel Unique, Instituto Tomie Ohtake and Edifício Santa Catarina.
Facade of Unique Hotel in Sao Paulo (SP) – Photo: Disclosure
Tomie Ohtake Institute – Photo: Disclosure
Roy also studied at McKenzie School of Architecture and at the Catholic University of Santos – where he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 2007.
Roy’s works can be found all over the world. He owns, for example, the Brazilian Embassy in Tokyo and the award-winning Teeti Ecological Park in São Paulo.
Among the works of Rui Ohtake, one of his most notable works was the project of the apartment complex designed by the architect, in Heliopolis, in the southern district of São Paulo, called “redondinhos”.
There are 19 cylindrical apartment buildings – hence the name “circular” – with colored facades.
Buildings designed by Roy Ohtake in Heliopolis are undergoing restoration – Photo: Reproduction / TV Globo
This article is being updated.
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