Brazilian corporation EBX Group has announced the selection of Jeffrey Beers International to refurbish Rio's Gloria Palace Hotel. Under Beers’ direction, the landmark hotel's facade will be restored. In addition, the entire interior structure of the five-star hotel, originally built in 1922, will be redesigned to preserve the qualities of the original while bringing the hotel into the 21st century.
When it opens in Spring 2014, the property will feature: 346 guestrooms, three restaurants, a 6,000 square foot convention and meeting center and five retail shops. Also, Beers enclosed the existing U-shaped building plan to create a 10-story interior atrium capped by a glass-bottomed swimming pool on the hotel roof.
Beers’ plan relocates the hotel’s main lobby from the street level to the second floor. The new lobby will be the heart of the Gloria. Accessed from the ground floor by dedicated elevators, the lobby will include guest reception, multiple seating areas, a bar with adjacent all-day dining restaurant, access to the spa, and retail boutiques. A grand stair will lead guests to meeting rooms on a mezzanine level. The glass-bottomed rooftop pool acts as a giant skylight, filtering light through the entire atrium and lobby.
The interior design references the Moderne style of the era in which the original hotel was built. In support of local artisans and economies, Beers’ team will source the majority of the project’s materials, including rosewood, marble, nickel, bronze, and smoked mirror, from within Brazil. There will also be a series of “green walls” throughout the hotel, including four planted columns in the atrium.
The Gloria will comprise two structures: a main building and an Executive Tower. Beers designed a new pavilion connecting these two buildings. The pavilion’s architecture offers a counterpoint to Gloria’s neoclassical façade. The Executive Tower incorporates 160 guestrooms, meeting rooms and a ballroom. A landscaped garden separates the Executive Tower and main building and will be one of Gloria’s multiple outdoor event spaces.