Planned as a hotel, Zaha Hadid’s first project in South America is now a luxury residence

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ZAHA'S CASA ATLANTICA. (COURTESY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS)

Zaha’s Casa Atlantica (Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects)

Zaha Hadid, with Arup and Mello Affonso Engineering, is executing her first project in South America. Casa Atlantica is a luxury residential building in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro.

CASA ATLANTICA BALCONY. (COURTESY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS)

Casa Atlantica balcony. (Courtesy ZHA)

According to ARUP, Casa Atlantica was originally planned as a luxury hotel but changed to a residential building in order to meet the region’s urban standards.

The client, Brazilian entrepreneur Omar Peres, gave Hadid complete design liberty. She was, however, governed by strict requirements on height and proximity to neighbors.

Zaha Hadid Architects‘ explained their response to these constraints: “Working within site restrictions governing the height and distance from adjacent buildings, Casa Atlantica’s design establishes a fluid order defined by its structure which morphs and expands at each level to create balconies, while also dividing each floor into separate residential units.”

Casa Atlantica interior balcony. (Courtesy ZHA)

Casa Atlantica interior balcony. (Courtesy ZHA)

AVENIDA ATLANTICA, COPACABANA BEACH. (COURTESY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS)

Avenida Atlantic, Copacabana Beach. (Courtesy ZHA)

Casa Atlanta will be 18,000 feet-squared, have 12 floors, feature a rooftop swimming pool, and reach approximately 130 feet in height. Construction is set to begin in March.

For further information, visit Zaha Hadid Architects’ project page here.

Casa Atlantica street view. (Courtesy ZHA)

Casa Atlantica street view. (Courtesy ZHA)

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