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At the end of the 19th century, in the heyday of the rubber boom, the so-called rubber barons built an opera house in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The circa 1897 Amazonas Opera House in Manaus, Brazil debuted around the same time mansions were also built in the surrounding area, in the same style as the classic French Belle Époque. Two of these listed mansions were recently restored to house the Juma Opera Hotel, which opened last month.

In addition to the mansions, the luxury development complex includes two other structures built along similar architectural lines. Headed by architect Roberto Vinograd, the project endeavors to preserve history and maintain the harmony of the surroundings.

The 41-suite hotel features a restaurant, bar, rooftop area with a swimming pool, lounge, gym, and convention center. Public spaces, which were spearheaded by architect Debora Aguiar, offer contemporary elements without losing their historical roots, with finishes in soft tones such as ecru and beige colors, punctuated by greens, caramels, and browns. The design also includes pictures and objects that showcase indigenous culture, local handicrafts, and flora and fauna.The decor is supplemented by decorative panels in fiber and slatted wood, along with light fixtures designed by the architect.

Photo: Courtesy of Juma Opera Hotel

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