BNDES

Merging Urban and Natural

A new office for BNDES, the Brazilian Development Bank, merges the new construction with the sloping hillside behind the site. A latticed facade makes room for plantings that further blur the line between architecture and landscape. Aligning the identity of the bank with the dramatic natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro, the sculptural building declares its commitment to meeting the needs of a rapidly growing economy while protecting Brazil’s unique ecological patrimony.