“Architecture is human desire.” The one utering these words is Brazilian architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha (b.1925), whose work has been mainly conducted in Brazil, particularly in São Paulo.
He was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Prize (2000), the Pritzker Prize (2006) and last year we earned the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. He is the most renowned living Brazilian architect and this documentary is about his life and work. The main character is Mendes da Rocha himself, who through his
own words tells his own story, while being interviewed by his daughter. The architect shows a genuine availability to reﬂect on the practice of architecture and to evaluate the role of the architect in society, to the point of, sometimes, giving his own work a secondary role. At 88 years old, he shares his ideas on urbanism, nature, humanity, art and technique, always maintaining a dialogue with his daughter, creating a mise en scène that is playful, intimate and biographical.