The new Leblon office building, a state-of-the-art commercial office building in the Leblon neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, is the iconic new international headquarters for one of Brazil’s leading alternative investment and asset management firms. The project consists primarily of open office spaces and a series of terraces which open up to and create a direct connection with the urban artery of Bartolomeu Mitre Avenue and with private interior courtyards.
The building consists of 7 floors above ground for a total height of 25 meters with a leasable floor area of 6,500 s.m. A generous lobby anchors the building to the streetscape, and a three-story underground structure provides additional leasable spaces and private parking.
The design of the office building with its refined formal vocabulary reflects the distinct orientation of the site while addressing issues of sustainability, maximum efficiency and flexibility. The entire building is recessed from the urban frontage and masked with a carefully composed set of louvers designed for both maximum sun shading and privacy retention to the west.
On the east, the structure has been pulled away from its neighbors to create internal courtyards and provide natural day lighting on two exposures for all office spaces. These voids house generous vertical gardens that tie back into a rough and refined exposed architectural concrete core which services the building. The entire project straddles between the refined precision of a white aluminum and glass facade, open floor plan, and the roughness of the concrete and the vegetation within the courtyards.
Richard Meier & Partners’ design role was to fulfill a vision for a successful, high-end office space with a project that aspires to become a significant architectural contribution to Rio de Janeiro, respecting Brazil’s rich architectural heritage while simultaneously challenging preconceived notions of indoor and outdoor spaces and the building’s relationship to the context and the city of Rio.
The building has received LEED-silver certification for core and shell.