Twenty years after its first location was opened in São Paulo, with a space designed by the Studio Arthur Casas, Hotel Emiliano sought us out when it came time for them to establish a presence in Rio, having already broken ground with a design by American architect Chad Oppenheim. Our starting point, beyond the structure we inherited, was the aim to create a small-scale hotel that would privilege comfort and a close relationship with guests. All this with a dazzling view stretching from Leme to Fort Copacabana, one of Rio de Janeiro’s picture-perfect panoramas.
We 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 fiberglass panels of the facade give rise to various visual configurations. Even when the panels are closed, light and the breeze can still flow through, ensuring guests both privacy and a sea view.
The interiors nod 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 piece, while the decor includes pieces by major names in Brazilian design of the ‘50s, 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.