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Fri 20.1.

Friday Food for Thought: Design Hotels before Design Hotels existed

Posted by Susanne Fritz on 20.01.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

Brasilia Palace Hotel, detail of wall painting by Athos Bulcao, architect: Oscar-Niemeyer, 1958; Photo: Edgard Cesar

The Brasilia Palace Hotel was officially opened in June 1958. With 13.000 square metres and a capacity of 350 guests, it was the first big hotel in town. The purpose of the hotel was initially to host the delegations, who visited the revolutionary new city that was newly built from scratch in the middle of the rainforest.

In 1978 a short-circuit destroyed a large part of the hotel and it remained closed for more than 20 years. Its reconstrcution was supervised by Oscar Niemeyer’s office and the two murals by Athos Bulcao got restored. The hotel opened again in 2006, with its rooms adjusted to modern standards, but keeping the original aesthetics alive.

 

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Brasilia Palace Hotel, detail of wall painting by Athos Bulcao, architect: Oscar-Niemeyer, 1958; Photo: Edgard Cesar

 

Brasilia Palace Hotel, architect: Oscar-Niemeyer, 1958; Photo: Beatriz Marqs

Brasilia Palace Hotel, architect: Oscar-Niemeyer, 1958; Photo: Fernando Stakuns

Brasilia Palace Hotel, architect: Oscar-Niemeyer, 1958, reception area

Brasilia Palace Hotel, architect: Oscar-Niemeyer, 1958, lobby

Brasilia Palace Hotel, detail of wall by Athos Bulcao, architect: Oscar-Niemeyer, 1958; Photo: Fernando Stankuns

 

 

 

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