Jacobsen Arquitetura is an architecture and interior design office, born in Rio de Janeiro, that seeks the development of projects which propose intense integration between the built environment and its natural context. The potential relationships established between architectural design and the exuberant nature of Rio´s landscapes have contributed to the development of the concept of tropical architecture, which reflects the creation of a contemporary aesthetic language based on intense dialogue with architecture of colonial and indigenous roots, also influenced by modernism. Always committed to the intentions and desires of our customers, our projects explore the proximity to the territory, the interpretation of the context and the use of natural materials.
Paulo Jacobsen's forty-five-year legacy, combined with Bernardo's international professional experience in Europe and Japan, contributed to the expansion of Jacobsen Arquitetura's activities around the world. Located at the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Lisbon, the office develops architecture and interior design on a global context. The diverse set of projects – carried out in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania – increases the challenge of designing such a diversity of architectural programs, including residences, hotels, buildings and museums.
The authorship is conceived entirely by our partners and is a fundamental principle that guides our projects. The notion of tropical architecture, the search for adapting the building to the environmental conditions, the integration between outdoor and indoor spaces, as well as the experimentation of cutting edge technologies, can be considered the main elements that oversee our design reasoning. Through the architectural object, we spatially elaborate concepts such as fluidity, transparency, luminosity and structural lightness, in view of the search for the true concept of sustainability.
In 2013, we expanded our reflection about the design of public spaces, considering especially the project of the Rio de Janeiro Museum of Art (MAR-RJ). After its conclusion, MAR-RJ was chosen as one of the 100 most important architectural designs of the year by the publication “Architecture Now”. The museum was awarded by the Architizer A + Awards, Public Choice, in the “museum” category (2014). MAR-RJ has also received the Green Building Council seal (LEED) in the silver category (2014) and was selected for the Buenos Aires Architecture Biennial (2017).