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The work of Oscar Niemeyer (above) and Roberto Burle Marx (left) is renowned both in Brazil and internationally
Oetker Collection’s forthcoming Palácio Tangará hotel
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Two Niemeyer landmarks revived as luxury hotels
wo landmark Brazilian
Tangará Ranch in São Paulo. The
buildings designed by the late
building was first constructed
Oscar Niemeyer and featuring
in the 1940s, when wealthy
gardens by renowned land-
Brazilian businessman Francisco
scape architect Roberto Burle Marx
‘Baby’ Pignatari commissioned
have been revived as luxury hotels.
it as a gift to his fiance.
The first is the Hotel Nacional,
The hotel also has a Clarins spa, two restaurants, a swimming pool, a gym and a terrace overlooking both the sea and Marx’s verdant garden
and his original plans for the ranch
de Janeiro. The striking cylinder
were never completed. Instead,
skyscraper was originally opened in
the property was abandoned
1972, and became a popular hangout
for decades and eventually
for celebrities such as James Brown
demolished in the 1990s.
and Liza Minnelli. Despite being a
Now hotel group Oetker
national heritage site, the building
Collection has stepped in to
was abandoned over two decades
re-create Baby’ original palace,
ago and fell into disrepair.
albeit reimagined as a glamorous
Now hotel group Gran Meliá has
141-room hotel, for its first property
acquired the 33-storey property,
in the Americas. Renamed Palácio
renovating it as its flagship in Brazil.
Tangará, it will open in June 2017.
Many of the original architectural
B+H Architects, Bick Simonato
details have been retained.
and PAR Arquitetura are overseeing
Brazilian interior designer Debora
the restoration and renovation,
Aguiar has created all the hotel’s
while interior designers William
communal areas, including the
Simonato, Luis Bick and Patricia
Aguiar has created
rooftop, while US-based Studio VOA
Anastassiadis will design the guest
all the communal
revamped the 413 guest rooms.
rooms and public spaces, “inspired
areas in the re-
The hotel also has a Clarins spa,
two restaurants, a swimming pool, a
Meliá Nacional Rio
gym and a terrace overlooking both
verdant 26 acre park, designed
de Janeiro Hotel
the sea and Marx’s verdant garden.
for Baby by Marx with lagoons,
The second Niemeyer project set for a new lease of life is the
However, Baby’s marriage ended,
located on São Conrado Bay in Rio
by 1940’s Brazilian glamour.” The rooms will overlook the
checkerboard lawns and geometrically tiled walls.
CLAD mag 2017 ISSUE 2