While envisioning the future has proven a rather elusive concept for as long as man has roamed the earth, creating it has ironically attested to be significantly more tangible. That is the beauty of architecture, and art in general: the mere ability to influence the course of the practice by way of originality and anomaly. Take, for example, Gabrielle Chanel’s introduction of an entirely novel female silhouette, which paved the way for a new chapter in the history of fashion.
Architecture is no different, and one young designer has his hands full with the pursuit of architectural modernism. The Brazilian-borne Fred Mafra creates pieces that are fundamentally futuristic, often incorporating fragmented geometry to play with perceptions of space. In 2007, he was commissioned to design Belo Horizonte’s Josefine/Roxy nightclub, which he later redesigned to make it one of the most reputable clubs in the region. The centerpiece of the space is a hexagonal shape resembling a whimsical honeycomb, whose prismatic elements reveal different perspectives as each passerby progresses through the space. Mafra’s works rarely incorporate simple 90-degree angles or rectangles, but rather curves and asymmetry abound. To see more of his projects, click here.