Jury prize

Emiliano Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Designed by: Studio Arthur Casas
For client: Emiliano Hotel Floor area: 9734.37 M² Year of completion: 2017
Awarded: Hotel of the Year Jury

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Guest living room

About the project

Emiliano Hotel sought Studio Arthur Casas when it came time for them to establish a presence in Rio de Janeiro, having already broken ground with a design by American architect Chad Oppenheim. The starting point, beyond the inherited structure, was the aim to create a small-scale hotel that would privilege comfort and a close relationship with its guests. All this with a dazzling view stretching from Leme to Fort Copacabana, one of Rio de Janeiro’s picture-perfect panoramas. The designers created a skin-like surface for the building, a perforated design typical of Brazilian architecture, which breaks through the continuity of the concrete blocks that dot the buildings along the coast. The fibreglass panels of the facade give rise to various visual configurations. Even when the panels are closed, light and breeze can still flow through, ensuring guests both privacy and a sea view.

The interior design nods to Brazilian modernism, inspired by the artwork by landscape architect and artist Roberto Burle Marx on display in the hotel lobby. The fabric and textures used for the furniture in the reception area and in the rooms draw on the hues of green in the art piece, while the decor includes pieces by major names in Brazilian design of the 1950s, such as Rio native Sergio Rodrigues, as well as by contemporary designers, such as Italy native Paola Lenti. The surfaces are also marked by the lighter tones of 100% Brazilian materials, including cane, wood, white Paraná marble, granite, and stone.

What’s unique about it

The contemporary architecture of the building, located in front of Copacabana beach, gives priority to natural light, valorizes the view and connects the guests to the marvelous city. Inspired by the curves of Rio de Janeiro’s landscape and drawn exclusively for this hotel, the leaked elements of the façade - known as cobogós - overlay all of the building and break the continuity from the concrete blocks of other buildings on the beachfront.

The panels - sea air and weather proof - are developed in metallic moulds with fibreglass injected into two different patterns through cutting-edge technology. Fixed in frames like a folding door opening, they can be completely opened from the bedrooms’ balconies, creating different configurations of the façade. When closed, the panels give privacy to the apartments without losing daylight, natural ventilation or the view onto the landscape. From a guest’s point of view standing at the balcony the cobogós work as windows through which they can perfectly see the sea.

As for the interiors, they pay homage to Brazilian modernism and were designed so they could integrate elegance and comfort to the carioca informality. A panel from the artist Roberto Burle Marx exhibited at the reception served as the initial inspiration to Arthur Casas while designing the interior space. All of the hotel’s decoration has elements that celebrate the golden times of bohemian Copacabana, with pieces by major names in Brazilian design of the 1950s, such as Sergio Rodrigues.

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Reception room: the panel at the stand made by Burle Marx, Arthur Casas’ initial inspiration while designing the hotel’s interior design

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Rooftop pool with view for Copacabana beach

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Inspired in the curves of Rio de Janeiro’s landscape and drawn exclusively for this hotel, the leaked elements of the façade, known as cobogós, overlay all of the building and break continuity from the concrete block of other buildings on the beachfront. Fixed in frames like a folding door opening, they can be completely opened from the bedrooms’ balconies, creating different configurations of the façade.

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Rooftop pool and façade - when closed, the panels give privacy to the apartments, but lose neither light entrance, natural ventilation nor the view on the landscape. From a guest’s point of view standing at the balcony the cobogós work as windows through which they can perfectly see the sea.

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Entrance lobby

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Bar in entrance lobby

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Wooden panels designed by Arthur Casas

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Executive Suite with armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Executive Suite

Interview with Arthur Casas in the Emiliano hotel, in Rio de Janeiro

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Credits:
Studio Arthur Casas (author of architecture and interior design) / Architect

Oppenheim Architecture + Design (co-author of architecture) / Architect

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