21 January 2018
By: Eleanor Gibson
“Oppenheim Architecture and Studio Arthur Casas have designed this hotel in Rio de Janeiro so that guests can overlook the city’s famous Copacabana Beach while bathing in a rooftop swimming pool.
Oppenheim Architecture and Studio Arthur Casas’ aim for the Emiliano Hotel was to create a “calm oasis of luxury within the vibrant energy” of the surrounding Copacabana neighbourhood and the lively promenade it fronts, which is home to copious restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
To make the most of beach views, while still maintaining the guests’ privacy, the team covered the front of the building with white shutters that are punctured with lozenge-shaped holes.
When opened up entirely, the hinged screens reveal the balconies and large windows of the suites behind, while closing the panels creates a homogenous front that provides shade from the strong Brazilian sun. . . . ”