Designed by Chad Oppenheim and Arthur Casas, the Emiliano hotel sits on the famed Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. The project fronts one of the most beautiful views in the world while being surrounded on three sides by dilapidated apartment buildings from the 1950’s. Through simple yet powerful spatial manipulations, the hotel optimizes its beneficial attributes while subverting its negative forces.
Inspired by Rio’s landscape, a distinctive facade fronts the hotel and differentiates it from the neighboring concrete buildings. The weatherproof panels can be opened entirely from bedroom balconies, resulting in an elevation that continually changes in response to the requirements of each guest. When open, the panels allow natural light to flood the interiors. While closed, the panels ensure privacy without compromising light, ventilation, or views.
The interiors, designed by Arthur Casas, are inspired by the work of artist and landscaper Roberto Burle Marx – designer of the Copacabana beach promenade. The work of Brazilian masters, such as Sergio Rodrigues, as well as contemporary designers like Paola Lenti, are integrated throughout.