The concept of the project emerged from modernist influences and from narratives that guide new ways of living, inspired by contemporary and minimalist perspectives. Roberto Burle Marx, a renowned Brazilian landscape architect – the same profession as the owner himself – was one of the most influential and successful modernists in Brazil. Concrete covered columns guided the design, becoming one of the project’s highlights, emphasizing the architectural references and inspirations.
Designed by BC Arquitetos, a selection of elements, raw and mineral materials, such as concrete and terrazzo were carefully picked for the project to complement the natural walnut wood that covers almost the entire apartment, creating a unique combination of materials and enriching the design. Three fundamental principles have guided the project, which have been described by the studio as a gallery apartment. A clean, sensorial, and scenographic architecture that focuses on the connection between the spaces, containing only a few elements apart from the already mentioned mineral materials.
The project features a fine selection of original Brazilian furniture by artists from the ’50s and ’60s in which the owner is very passionate about, showcasing antique items such as a vintage piece of furniture from the mid-19th century and a glass chandelier by Studio Dominici.
In the dining room area integrated to the kitchen, yet another table by Sérgio Rodrigues and original leather chairs by Jorge Zalszupin stand out. The lamp, author unknown, was picked out by the owner during trips to the Nordic countries and was used here to add affective memories to this environment, where the owners spend so much time.
The master bathroom follows the same architectural approach of the whole project, the floor and walls are covered in terrazzo, all fixtures and hardware are from Brazilian brand Deca and have a black matte finish, creating a dense and original atmosphere.