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Meier completes Rio offices

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Richard Meier & Partners has completed these offices in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the start of the Olympic Games in the Brazilian city

PROJECT DATA • PLANS • ELEVATION • SECTION • ARCHITECT’S VIEW • CLIENT’S VIEW

The scheme, which is the practice’s first building in South America, houses the new international headquarters of VINCI Partners, one of Brazil’s leading alternative investment and asset management firms.

The 7,030m2 building includes seven storeys above ground and a further three below which provide additional lettable space and private parking. 

The eastern side of the scheme has been set back from the neighbouring buildings to create a series of internal courtyards, open spaces and terraces. These provide natural daylight into the office spaces while vertical gardens connect to the building’s open-air cores. 

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Architect’s view 

There is always a certain excitement and hesitation as to what the cultural differences mean for the design and construction process. We were excited to embark on a project within a city and country that has such a rich architectural legacy; for us it was important to try and understand how architecture’s role was shaped by both the climate and the people who were using it. The most interesting part of the process was discovering how our architectural ideas and strategies needed to respect and create the dialogue with its context.

The design of the Leblon project does not contextualize itself with its material palette, but rather through its articulation and layering of the primary façade with a screen. This enables the building to recede from the city while maintaining a street front. It offers its inhabitants the desired privacy and protection from the sun while maintaining a visual connection to the street and the sense of transparency.

Bernhard Karpf, design partner-in-charge, Richard Meier & Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Client’s view

Working with Richard Meier & Partners through all the phases of the project was a very inspiring and learning process that resulted in a very unique office building. Starting from the early conceptual phases through the construction drawings, Associate Partner Bernhard Karpf and his team in New York City were very supportive to our ideas, and have now achieved a very efficient and innovative design that has exceeded our expectations. 

As a cohesive team, we successfully climbed a very steep learning curve. Richard Meier & Partners was able to recognize the local construction and development process in Brazil, and the local consultants were challenged by all the creative solutions proposed by the Firm. We believe the end result is magnificent, creating not only an exciting work environment, but also a landmark for the local neighbourhood

Guilherme Goldberg, real estate officer, VINCI Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Site plan

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Ground floor plan

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

First floor plan

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Typical floor plan

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Section 

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

West elevation 

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Leblon Offices by Richard Meier & Partners

Project data

Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Type of project office
Client VINCI Partners
Architect Richard Meier & Partners
Associate architect RAF Arquitectura
Area 7,030m2
Environmental accreditation LEED Silver

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