Buzios, being part of Rio de Janeiro, was colonized by the Portuguese. That is why until this day, you could still see remnants of that colonization. Most of the structures in Buzios clearly have Portuguese influence. But some of the edifices also have a hint of Spanish, Italian and French style.
If you have been in Buzios you may have wondered why there are no hotels that have more than 3 floors in it. This is because Buzios has a law passed in 1979 that prohibits the construction of buildings that would exceed two floors. The purpose of this is to maintain a view of the ocean, even if there are already numerous buildings put up. This has greatly influenced the architecture of the city. This is surely a sight to see as and you could just imagine the challenge this law has posed to architects of the buildings in Buzios especially those surrounding the ocean.
In Buzios, no two buildings are alike. Though the villas near the beaches show hints of Spanish, Italian and French influence, each building shows a unique style. This can be considered as an attraction in itself and is part of the many attractions that the city showcases.
Architecture in famous hotels
New and old hotels are samples of Buzios’s rich architecture. These compete with the ocean view as delightful sights to enjoy in the city.
Insólito is one fine example of this. It’s a fairly new hotel that has Mediterranean architecture. It was launched in December 2007 and is owned by a French lawyer and Belgian executive. The Pousada Vila d Este is another hotel in Buzios that is an example of the city’s great architecture. The hotel has an Italian influence. Its interiors display vibrant designs and the façade is of a mustard color. The Pousada Abracadabra also displays Mediterranean architecture. It is found at the center of the city and is near the Rua das Pedras.
Another type of architecture that can be found in Buzios is found in the summer houses around the city. This can be greatly attributed to Hélio Pellegrino and Octávio Raja Cabaglia, famous architects who got inspiration from the old fishing village of Buzios. Rustic pieces and crafts can be found in these structures and also in some of the buildings in the city. Other examples of structures that have this unique style are the Portico found in the city’s entrance and famous restaurants such as Patio Habana and Don Juan.