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Zaha Hadid Prepares to Break Ground on First Project in Brazil

Zaha Hadid Prepares to Break Ground on First Project in Brazil
Zaha Hadid Prepares to Break Ground on First Project in Brazil, © ZHA

Zaha Hadid Architects has released more information on their first Brazilian project - a luxury residential building known as Casa Atlântica. Planned for a site on Rio de Janeiro's Avenida Atlântica at Copacabana Beach, the 11-story building features a spine-like facade with expansive balconies and a roof top pool. 

"The natural forms of Rio’s morros and beaches generate an elastic, malleable quality within the city’s urban fabric, while the dynamism of Copacabana - with its energy and rhythm - is one of the city’s most important public spaces," says ZHA.

"Casa Atlântica’s design continues the liberating composition and spatial flow inherent within Brazil’s rich Modernist tradition, engaging with the unique tempo and vitality of Copacabana’s urban beach culture, as well as the fluidity of its renowned Burle Marx promenade."


"Working within site restrictions governing the height and distance from adjacent buildings, Casa Atlântica’s design establishes a fluid order defined by its structure which morphs and expands at each level to define generous balconies, and dividing each floor into separate residential units," adds the practice.


"Facing southeast to Copacabana Beach, the design branches towards its neighboring buildings to establish a continuity with the existing the urban fabric of Avenida Atlântica."

The project is expected to break ground in March 2015. 

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Atlântica - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
  • Design

    Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Director

    Cristiano Ceccato
  • Project Designer

    Saffet Kaya Bekiroglu
  • Project Architect

    Clara Martins
  • Project Team

    Armando Bussey, Chien-Shuo Pai, Natassa Lianou
  • Structure / Facade / MEP

  • Cost

    Mello & Affonso
  • Local Architect

    Insite Architects
  • Client

    Omar Peres
  • Photographs

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Zaha Hadid Prepares to Break Ground on First Project in Brazil" 06 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Md Rasel Mridha Photo editor · April 01, 2016

This will be the best design on the building soon.

OSzeleczky · January 10, 2016

Reminds me of Gaudi

Małgorzata · January 07, 2016

Rather bizarre than nice.

Juan_Lagarrigue · January 06, 2016

what would be of zaha without rich people?

Marsellus W. · January 07, 2016 12:46 AM

Don't forget the dictators.

Rob Scott · January 06, 2016

Hmm...I would love to see a floor plan to see how the rooms on the side interact with those adjacent buildings.

gabriel legaspi · January 06, 2016

not even the empty rhetoric will save this awful building

HeywoodFloyd · January 06, 2016

Hilarious to hear them talking about urban fabric after shoe-horning an object building into a party wall site.


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