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Groves Natcheva wins HQ job for Brazilian construction giant

West London-based Groves Natcheva Architects has won an invited competition to design the new headquarters for Brazilian building firm Concremat in Rio de Janerio

Dubbed ‘The Body’, the 2,216m2 scheme provides columnless internal floorplates and features a concrete ‘diagonal lattice’ ribcage-like structure.

A spokesman for the practice said: ‘Inspired by the curved shapes of the human body, the expressed structure of the building shows off the plasticity of concrete as well as the quality of workmanship that Concremat is famous for. The Body has a unique, striking and iconic form, which embodies the design excellence and construction know-how of Concremat in a landmark building in Rio de Janeiro.’

Work is expected to complete by 2014.

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Project data

Architects: Groves Natcheva Architects
Location:  Sao Cristovao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Type Of Project: New office headquarters
Structural Engineers: Built Engineers and Concremat
Project Architect: Murray Groves
Design Team: Murray Groves, Richard Diaz Lopez, Yasen Nedyialkov
Client: Concremat
Start on site date: September 2012
Contract duration: Not known, estimated one year
Gross internal floor area: Net internal office area 2,216m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Contractor’s own headquarters building.
Total cost:   Not disclosed for publication
M&e consultant: Concremat
Quantity surveyor: Concremat
Planning supervisor: Concremat
Lighting consultant: Concremat
Main contractor: Concremat
Annual co2 emissions: Not knownat this stage

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