14 September 2015

Rio De Janeiro: Our Guide | Pt.1

Last time in our #BGPtrip section we left you ready to fly to Rio De Janeiro, and all of you following our social have been with us during all our trip. Here, as promised, a summary of the most interesting places we have visited, we hope to be helpful with this little guide in case you want to explore this famous city and discover something more. Here the first part of our trip, the second is coming soon! Enjoy.

If you love architecture Cidade Das Artes is a place you can not miss.Located in a very urban and anonymous area in the district of Barra da Tijuca, Cidade Das Artes is a landmark in the area, a public symbol of the new Rio area. The building by the French architect Christian de Portzamparc reminds a large house, the archetype of the typical Brazilian home. It is the new home of the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and a main center for music.

“Between the two horizontal plates of the roof and the terrace are set the large curved concrete walls that contain the halls in an interplay of volumes and voids. This is another version of the open block – hollow but made out of assembled layers.

The architecture frames and echoes the beautiful curves of the Siera Atlantica Mountains and the line of the sea.” C. De Portzamparc

This artistic sculpture by the renown Brazilian artist José Bechara is part of the Super Oxy series (2010): 

“Graphic sculptures or Spatial drawings are three-dimensional installations that provoke a different view on drawing. They are produced using a range of materials at various scales, whether in architectural or natural spaces.” José Bechara

The Instituto Moreira Salles is a nice place where you can have great breakfast and see exhibitions inside a lovely park. It promotes photography, literature, libraries, visual arts and Brazilian music. The focus is on longer term projects and re-ocurring projects that are educational and informative. Often this allows visitors to really tap into the heart of Brazilian culture. A visit to the mansion can sometimes be like a discovery zone, because the instution does not shy away from promoting little known artists or independent works. It was founded by Walther Moreira Salles, a rich Brazilian banker, whose two sons, Walter and Joao, are the current directors of the institution.

The Tijuca Forest is a national park in the heart of Rio, one of the world’s largest urban forest, here you can find many animal species and plants, a great spot for an immersion into the wild nature. Inside the Tijuca Forest you can chill out and have a nice meal in the single restaurant you can find in this green area. That is a charming place for its ancient and unique features, from finishes to decors and furniture this restaurant gave us a nice welcome and a lot of deco ideas to bring home!

How is this journey with us so far? Hope you like it because the part 2 of our trip is coming soon…Stay tuned!