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The original crazy paving – Roberto Burle Marx

Avenida Atlantica, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 1970

Avenida Atlantica, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 1970

Avenida Delfim Moreira / Vieira Souto, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, 1970

Avenida Delfim Moreira / Vieira Souto, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, 1970

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brasilia, 1965

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brasilia, 1965

Garden of the Franciso Pignatari residence, São Paulo, 1956

Garden of the Franciso Pignatari residence, São Paulo, 1956

Plan of the Largo da Carioca gardens, Rio de Janeiro, 1981

Plan of the Largo da Carioca gardens, Rio de Janeiro, 1981

Banca Safra roof garden, São Paulo, 1983

Banca Safra roof garden, São Paulo, 1983

Ministry of Health & Education roof garden, Rio de Janeiro, 1938

Ministry of Health & Education roof garden, Rio de Janeiro, 1938

There couldn’t be a better time to post up a few images from the portfolio of the late Brazilian artist, horticulturist and landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994).

Shots of the Copacabana and Ipanema waterfronts in Rio de Janeiro (understandably popular with World Cup TV crews across the globe) all feature Burle Marx’s iconic paving designs lining the promenades. The original (and in my opinion, still the best) ‘crazy paving’ out there.

Burle Marx is one of my favourite landscape architects. I find his instantly recognisable style of geometry inspiring and even though Marx’s work seems reflective of its time and has somewhat of a ‘retro’ feel to it, in my opinion many of his works – Such as the Copacabana and Ipanema designs are simply timeless.

Mark Foenander