October 2016 - In the late 40’s the extraordinarily wealthy Brazilian, ‘Baby Pignatari’, in one magnificently romantic gesture, built Tangará Ranch for his beautiful wife Nelita Alves de Lima. He chose a peaceful place, amidst the tropically verdant nature, even then a fresh contrast to the fast growing São Paulo’s centre. As son of the Countess of Matarazzo, Baby had inherited one of Brazil’s largest fortunes so without hesitation he commissioned Brazil’s world leading creative talents: architect, Oscar Niemeyer and Roberto Burle Marx himself, to landscape the gardens. He committed to the Tangará project with all his heartfelt passion. The private residence was a “avant-garde” concept for this time with very low impact on the surrounding nature. Besides that modern facilities such as a private screen movie theatre, two swimming pools, one being indoor and heated covered by a dome designed and commissioned by Italian architect Pier Luigi Nervi.
As the decade turned into the fifties, São Paulo was emerging as a modern metropolis and Brazil was influencing the culture of the world with Bossa Nova’s smooth lilting sounds, abstract art at the first biennale outside Venice, and Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture; meanwhile Baby Pignatari’s marriage died, along with the original plans for Tangará Ranch. The property remained untouched for several years until the 1990s when the residence was demolished. The works on the garden side of the house however were preserved and Burle Marx finished the project, which was incorporated into the formed public park after the approval of the subdivision of the property.
In 1995, the building owning company built in the park the Tangara Hotel and Spa Palace, a true neoclassical pastiche; as the group itself released it, "a classic architecture and luxurious, rescuing the standards of the finest hotels in the world". The construction was halted in 2001 due to lack of funding and resulting legal disputes between the original investors. The hotel never saw the light of the day.
Nearly twenty years later the Oetker Collection will complete that romantic monument reviving a beautiful palace, fringed by the tropical greenery of Burle Marx Park.
Palácio Tangará opens for halcyon days of pleasure reminiscent of its elegant fifties history, with a touch of contemporary consciousness of course; embracing the refreshing surroundings, offering the fine services of a Sisley spa and the zesty cuisine of Jean Georges Vongerichten.
We invite the world’s travellers to make their own romantic gestures, staying in Palácio Tangará for rest and recreation while discovering Sao Paulo’s pace and different rhythms.
A new Masterpiece hotel from Oetker Collection will open its doors in the second quarter of 2017. The property will offer 141 guestrooms - including 59 suites – overlooking the rich flora and fauna of Burle Marx Park. There are nine event spaces for the most glamorous weddings and events, including a ballroom for up to 530 guests with terraces overlooking the park.