The Superquadras

Although the sprawl of rapidly growing Brasília now extends far beyond the original design, with mushrooming satellite cities all around, it is worth taking the time to investigate the two wings of the plano piloto to gain an appreciation of life in the superquadras.

These ordered rows and blocks of apartments encapsulate the optimism and democratic ideals of the era. Each superquadra consists of a square block roughly 300m long with various apartment buildings, typically supported on columns. You’ll see no power lines or fences but plenty of parkland and trees. Each superquadra shares a street of shops and restaurants with its neighbor, preserving a strong community feel. These little hubs are what Brasília life is all about, and it’s worth visiting a few of them, for it’s here that the city’s best bars, cafes and restaurants are located.

Like the superquadra vibe? Hospedagem Domiciliar Asa Sul is a welcoming homestay in a typical apartment.