Ateliers Jean Nouvel recently released renders for a plant-covered six-star hotel in a historic district of São Paulo – the interiors of which will be supplied by Philippe Starck.
Along with developer Alexandre Allard from Groupe Allard, Nouvel’s Paris-based team have designed a new 90m tall hotel that’s adjoined to the Cidade Matarazzo, a 550,000m2 complex of historic buildings being regenerated in the city’s centre. The design will see the luxury hotel feature a latticed Corten-steel facade.
Named Rosewood Tower, its staggered terraces that run around the building will be planted with plants and trees, which are likely to include fig and magnolia as those grow abundantly in the Matarazzo Park.
Slated for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018, Rosewood Tower is a mixed-use cultural and tourist complex that will boast 275 guest rooms between Nouvel’s new building and the former Filomena Matarazzo hospital. It will also provide 122 apartments, two restaurants, three swimming pools, a spa and a caviar lounge.
The abandoned Filomena Matarazzo hospital was built in 1943 and has spent the last few decades unused. Nouvel and Allard’s collaboration include the hospital’s renovation, which will see it house 51 of the hotel’s rooms and three of its restaurants.
Starck’s concept for the interiors applies local materials, like marble quarried from the Brazilian states Paraná and Bahia, while dark wooden dining tables contrasted with swirling floral rugs reflect São Paulo’s environmental heritage and the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. The suites’ finishings are made by Atelier de France.
“In truth, the inspiration behind the design and architecture is both local and international,” says Starck. “It is diverse and originates from places like Africa, America and Italy.
Jean Nouvel just released images of his furniture for the Louvre Abu Dhabi. To read about the collection, click here.