The Casa da Cultura de Recife

02 May

An old detention house, closed in 1973, was transformed under Brennand’s supervision (read more about this visionary, collector and artist, here), in a shopping mall.

The architecture has been preserved, and the cells were occupied by dozens or small shops, selling local crafts.

detail, the prison seen from above, a project all made with wood

Even where interior walls were removed, to allow a little bigger shops, the look was maintained, only two lifts give a dispensable sign of modernity and comfort, in contrast with the strong grills in the center of the building, and one may find beautiful wood work, resembling the ones found in the colorful nearby city of Olinda.

Throughout the galleries it’s possible to find several different examples of the influence of Master Vitalino, when it comes to lively arts and crafts.

Excellent musical and dance performances often take place right outside the building. The Casa da Cultura is an excellent place to obtain tourist information and start an acquaintance with the region’s cultural arts.

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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in ART, BRASIL, photography


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6 responses to “The Casa da Cultura de Recife

  1. rommel

    May 12, 2012 at 12:46 am

    Cellrooms turned into something called Cultural House, that’s highly interesting. I would be thrilled if I get to go there. Don’t mind me as I keep daydreaming of going to your side of the globe.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 12, 2012 at 7:41 am

      Absolutely not! I don’t mind! Please feel free to use our family/travel log for your traveling plans! You’re more than welcome… Thanks for stopping by and sharing your impressions!


  2. Gilly Gee

    May 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Wonderful regeneration of the building, great craftwork and you must find it hard to resist spoiling your beautiful children!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      May 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      I know, I know… and I only bought a few things… not even gifts for family & friends back home… 😦 Need to begin doing my “pack out shopping”! Thanks for checking it out, Gilly!



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