Zaha Hadid Architects is set is design an 11-storey apartment building overlooking Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, the firm’s first-ever project in Brazil.
The residential building will be sandwiches between two buildings on Avenida Atlântica, facing the south-east side of the beach.
Shaped as a skeletal façade with each storey resembling a horizontal vertebra, the building will be called Casa Atlântica and will feature a rooftop swimming pool.
A statement by the firm said: “Casa Atlântica’s design continues the liberating formal composition and spatial flow inherent within Brazil’s rich Modernist tradition and engages with the unique tempo and vitality of Copacabana’s urban beach culture, as well as the fluidity of its renowned Burle Marx promenade.”
Hadid was reported to have been given free rein over the design of the project by the client, Brazilian entrepreneur Omar Peres, although the project must comply with strict planning requirement that govern the height and proximity of the building towards its neighbours.
The current height for Casa Atlântica is set at 41.5m with construction planned to commence in March.