Arthur Casas has designed the interiors of the Emiliano Rio
Architects have the ability to balance the poetry and the proficiency of buildings, the fantasy as well as the functionality Chad Oppenheim
Chad Oppenheim and Arthur Casas create shape-shifting hotel on Rio’s Copacabana beach
rchitects Chad Oppenheim and Arthur Casas have col-
building, providing panoramic views of the beach
The property has 90 rooms across
designers such as Paola Lenti. The work of Burle Marx previously inspired the design of the 436-bed-
laborated to create a dynamic
11 floors, with amenities including a
hotel nestled between dilap-
gym, spa, sauna, restaurant and pri-
room Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro,
idated 1950s apartment buildings on
vate lounge that open up to separate
which opened in 2016. Created by
Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach.
courtyards filled with tropical vege-
interior designers Yabu Pushelberg
tation. A pool and sky deck top the
with assistance from Brazilian
distinctive façade of sculptural
building, providing panoramic views
design firm Anastassiadis Arquitetos,
weatherproof panels which can
of the beach and the Rio skyline.
The Emiliano Rio has a
A pool and sky deck top the
architects in a design statement.
be opened and closed from the
Casas has designed the interiors,
it features 17 vertical gardens and mosaic floors which evoke the work of the famed designer.
bedroom balconies, resulting in
which are inspired by the work of the
a constantly shifting elevation.
Brazilian artist and landscape archi-
“Through these simple yet
tect Roberto Burle Marx, designer of
surrounds the nearby Gran Melia
the Copacabana beach promenade.
Nacional, Oscar Niemeyer’s
powerful spatial manipulations, the hotel optimises its beneficial
Furniture from the late Sergio
One of his landscapes also
landmark hotel that was
attributes while subverting its
Rodrigues is integrated into the hotel,
re-opened last year after a long
negative forces,” explained the
along with the work of contemporary
period of abandonment.