Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This project, developed in partnership with the office Hiperstudio and the architect Denis Cossia, received an Honorable Mention in a national architecture competition for the design of the Paineiras Hotel Complex in Rio de Janeiro, standing out among close to 120 competitor schemes. Promoted by the Ministry of the Environment, the competition called for design proposals for a new visitor center for the famous Christ Redeemer Monument, located in the Tijuca National Park. The competition also required the restoration of the ruins of an old hotel built during the late 19th century, which should be converted to high standard accommodations.
The main functional part of the visitor center includes semi-underground parking space for 100 cars and 150 tourist vans, and transfer platforms for visitors heading towards the monument or back to the city. Visitor facilities include shops, snack bar, exhibition gallery, a covered plaza, panoramic restaurant and observation deck, as well as the renewed hotel and its art nouveau porch. The interior of the hotel was completely renovated; only the old outer brick walls and the foundations were preserved, and the rest was replaced by a steel structure. The interstitial space between the old and new exterior walls serves an environmental as well as aesthetic purpose, functioning as a shading screen and demarcating the difference between original and intervention.
Location: Rio de Janeiro | RJ | Brazil
Type: Commercial | Institutional
Built area: 14.720 m²
Site area: 21.140 m²
Authors: Alexandre Hepner, Denis Cossia, João Paulo Payar, Rafael Brych, Ricardo Gonçalves | Environmental consultant: Ricardo Messano