Copacabana – Art Deco With a Brazilian Twist

This past Wednesday, I joined an architecture walk in Copacabana sponsored by the InC (International Club Rio de Janeiro) and led by journalist and author Rafael Bokor.

Copacabana Beach is possibly THE most famous beach in the world. Atlantic Avenue (the beach road) was completed in 1906 but it was the opening of the Copacabana Palace Hotel in 1923 that drew the wealthy and sparked the apartment building boom.

We have lived in Rio for three years, so I have of course been to Copacabana to play on the beach, watch New Years fireworks, and eat. But it was fun to walk through the neighborhood with different eyes, searching out the Art Deco design elements that can easily go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of traffic and people.

Condomínio do Edifício Amazonas 1943 – Rua Fernando Mendes

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Elevator detail

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4th floor

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View from balcony

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Closet door detail

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Funky tile

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Ceiling detail on landing

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Reminds me, I need to buy lightbulbs too.

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Condomínio do Edifício Brasil 1936 – Rua Fernando Mendes

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No furniture allowed in the lobby to spoil the look of the beautiful marble.

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The famous Copacabana Palace Hotel

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sidewalk tiles

Condomínio do Edifício Ribeiro Moreira 1928 – Rua Ronald Carvalho

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Condomínio do Edifício Petrônio 1936 – Rua Ronald Carvalho

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The marble was imported from Siberia,

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Fossil

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Elevator detail

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Condomínio do Edifício Itaoca 1928 – Rua Duvivier

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Inspired by indigenous designs

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The backside of Itaoca – the maids’ domain

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Condomínio do Edifício Itahy – Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana

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Under the Sea theme

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Entry tile

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Wall relief

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Patterned after seafoam

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Lamps light the stairwell

Bottle Alley – Beco das Garrafas

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People in the apartments above used to throw bottles at the late night musicians and club goers in this alley.

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Bossa Nova greats of the 50s and 60s played here.

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Bossa Nova & Companhia music store

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Cool retro

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