Broadway Malyan in key role on sell-out Rio port gateway / by rachel

Porto Atlântico, a flagship mixed-use scheme which is set to create a high-profile gateway to the redeveloped Porto Maravilha area of Rio de Janeiro, the largest revitalisation project in Brazil, has completely sold on launch. Global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan has supported the scheme as consultant architect to client Odebrecht, participating on the architectural concept design and consultancy and providing specialised technical support, with construction due to complete in 2016.

The project features a set of contemporary buildings with a strong presence that will deliver a vibrant scheme including 95,000 square metres of office space, 4,500 square metres of retail space with 50 shops, an Ibis and Novotel hotel with 450 rooms, as well as new public realm.

The design features cutting-edge glass façade technologies, including high-performance thermo-acoustic glass, with façades designed to maximise the use of natural light.

It also features sustainable measures including rainwater harvesting, sensor-activated lighting, central selective garbage collection, a waste water treatment plant and water-saving sanitary system, as well as parking facilities for electric vehicles.

The practice’s role has been led by its Lisbon-based team of expert designers with support from its São Paulo and Madrid offices.

Director Margarida Caldeira said: “The hugely successful launch is the latest milestone for this flagship scheme, with the design a testament to our world-class and diverse team of integrated design experts partnering with the client to deliver on its ambitious vision for a high-profile gateway to Rio’s revitalised port area.”

Porto Maravilha is being delivered by the largest public-private partnership in Brazil and will see the creation of a new hub for business, tourism, leisure and culture as an extension of the centre of Rio de Janeiro.

The practice opened its office in Brazil in 2011 on the back of projects in the country including a five star resort hotel. Since then it has celebrated the launch of projects including its masterplan vision for Convida Suape, a new city in North Eastern Brazil.