Project Description


  • superquadras brasilia

Languages available: PT ENG SPA

Customizable tour: Yes

Recommended group size per guide: 25

Duration: 4 hours

DESCRIPTION – Brasilia: Superquadras (Superblocks) 

Brasilia is known all over the world for having applied the principles established by the Athens Charter of 1933. Its construction began in 1956, with the urban planner Lúcio Costa and the main architect Oscar Niemeyer. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. It is today, the only city built in the twentieth century which has received this honor.

One of the most successful urban landscapes and lesser known by the ones who never live in the city is the Pilot Plan. This tour will be focused on the wings of the Pilot Plan, specially dedicated to get to know the Superquadras (Super Blocks), particularly those built in the first two decades of existence of capital, and which determine the urban landscape in harmony with the vegetation.

The superblock of Brasília, inspired by Lúcio Costa‘s concept of residential scale, is a remarkable example of urban planning that emphasizes the residents’ quality of life. Each superblock is designed as a self-sufficient unit, containing a variety of facilities and public spaces, promoting a sense of community and well-being. The wide, tree-lined streets encourage walking and social interaction, while the residential buildings are carefully positioned to maximize natural lighting and cross ventilation.

Within each superblock, well-maintained green spaces such as parks and squares can be found, providing recreational areas for residents. Additionally, the superblocks are designed to provide convenient access to essential services such as schools, markets, and local shops, creating an atmosphere of convenience and comfort for the residents. This integrated and holistic approach to residential planning fosters a sense of belonging and a high quality of life, where residents can enjoy a harmonious and balanced environment within the city.

Enjoy this tour in Brasilia with a professional guide-architect and discover the Superblocks from the Pilot Plan. Our tours are focused on architecture and urbanism and they are perfect for architecture lovers, experts and professionals as well as groups and student trips. Enjoy with Artchitectours guided visits around the world, made by professional guide-architects who will come along with us throughout the itinerary.

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