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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


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,

Brazilian interior

Aguiar has created all the hotel’s

while interior designers William

designer Debora

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,

designed Gran

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.

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