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The new headquarters of Statoil Oil and Gas of Brazil occupies 11,000 m2 in the Manchete Building, in the neighborhood of Gloria, Rio de Janeiro. The building was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, is listed by the Historical Patrimony, has original gardens of Roberto Burle Marx and tiles of Athos Bulcão.
The basic design of the project was to free the main façade of the five floors of the type of interference by opting for workstations in open space. The closed rooms were restricted to the intervals between the two “colors”, next to the back facade.
With the intention of breaking the great extension of the pavement, horizontal wooden boards were proposed in the central partitions, referring to the “brise soleil”, a recurring element in modern architecture. Within the same principle, the waves created in the placement of the carpet as a reference to the sidewalk of Copacabana designed by Burle Marx. The round visor on the doors such as the hatches of the oil exploration decks and the seismic adhesive on the glass in selected rooms brings ingredients of the company’s business into the office.
On the ground floor the original mirrors were preserved. The furniture was selected from references received from Norway adapted to the contemporary Brazilian design. Norwegian tanker logo and counter stand out in the reception area with maximum visibility.
The biggest challenge of the project was 13th floor. There is an indoor garden restored and restored, designed by Roberto Burle Marx and two beautiful stained glass windows. On the terrace a huge wall of tiles of Athos Bulcão. The proposal was to leave all these very important references of modern architecture free to be observed and revered. The covered space was occupied by a canteen and meeting rooms, freeing most of them for living environments. The chosen carpet refers to the design of the crowning beams of the Manchete Building. Sofas and armchairs were selected among icons of the classic furniture design of the 50s and 60s. In honor of Oscar Niemeyer, a Marquesa armchair, one of the rare furniture designed by the architect, occupies a prominent position in access to the pavement.