With an exceptional location in the heart of the economic capital of Brazil, Palácio Tangará, a new Masterpiece hotel from Oetker Collection, will open its doors in São Paulo in the second quarter of 2017.Built in the surroundings of the Burle Marx Park, with its gardens designed by Roberto Burle Marx, the hotel will offer 141 spacious guestrooms – including 55 suites – all with beautiful views overlooking the park.The interior design has been entrusted to leading Brazilian interior designers William Simonato and Patricia Anastassiadis who have created a truly bespoke design concept for each space. Jean Georges Vongerichten will drive the hotel’s dining experiences and there will be a signature restaurant, chef’s table, a bar, a wine cellar, a lobby and lounge bar, all with outdoor terraces. Additional facilities will comprise 11 function rooms, including a ballroom for up to 360 guests with terraces overlooking the park. The fitness centre and Sisley spa will have a private garden and there will be indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as a kids’ club.Philippe Perd, Chief Project Development Officer Oetker Collection, has spent the past year supporting the design process. Once completed, Palácio Tangará will be São Paulo’s first true Masterpiece hotel and a proud addition to the Collection. History:History: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 Sao 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 Oetker Collection have completed that romantic monument by reviving a beautiful palace, fringed by the tropical greenery of Burle Marx Park.