Former Galeria Leme, São Paulo, Brazil
Photographer/art videographer Pedro Kok tells the strange story of how a Pritzker Prize-winning architect's building was demolished less than a decade after completion, only to be replaced by a near-identical structure in the same area. In 2004 Galeria Leme moved into a reinforced concrete building designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha with Metro Arquitectos. Soon after, per an article at Domus, it was determined that the land would be more valuable serving a different use. So in 2011 the gallery was demolished, only to be built nearby per a similar design by Mendes da Rocha and Metro. Surprisingly, this incident received scant attention in the press, potentially due to the near duplicity of its replacement. Whatever the case, Pedro Kok helps brings the incident to a larger audience by capturing the effort required to bring down the original gallery.