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Sugarloaf Mountain

Hired to intervene in the landmark Pão de Açúcar complex, our biggest concern was to propose a bold solution that would also blend into the city’s natural landscape. We gave the project its distinct curved shape by creating a curvy metallic walkway with a translucent floor, in harmony with the sensuality of our ocean and beaches. The structure allowed us to create an elevation that offers a 360-degree view of its surroundings. The unique oval-shape of the multi-purpose space distinguishes it from the curves that surround it, making it the focal point of the interference. Depending on the activities, the space can be open or covered and also features adjacent work rooms that allow the space to be used for medium-sized conventions. The tram stations have been replaced by recesses set into the rock, bringing the hill back to its original shape. Although the structure looks impressive from a bird’s-eye view, the entire complex has been designed to be deliberately invisible for those in the city, enhancing the original landscape.


Location Pão de Açucar, Urca – Rio de Janeiro

Land area 14.000,00m²

Constructed area 9.700,00m²

Author of the project Luiz Eduardo Indio da Costa

Co-author Fernando Chacel

Contributors André Barreto, Carlota Sampaio, Claudia Amorim, José Luiz Miguez, Luciana Grizolli e Maria Amélia Correa

Year of design / construction 1997