Constructed around the early 1900s, the apartment measuring 120 square meters had lost most of its original character due to the succession of owners who’d made changes over it. The latest renovation aimed to tear down most of these changes – which were characterized by an erratic, almost negligent arrangement of rooms and space fragments – in order to clearly define and delineate the separation between the areas used during the day and during the night. To do this, a single wall with a striking half-circular plan was proposed.
The project called for the preservation of the original plaster ceilings, the partial elevation of the pavement, the inclusion of remaining structural elements, as well as for the detailed distribution of all available space to be coherent and well-adjusted.
From the parameters provided, the resulting eccentricity in the pertinent interior space was the fruit of a well-thought-out logical deduction. Being just one space, unobstructed by walls or dividers, the living area is a seamless blend of three distinct vignettes, with the choice of materials and furniture adding even more to the separation between them. This is in direct contrast with the building’s original defining characteristic which was fragmentation.
Some of the materials that were replaced included the old tall doors and shutters. The new ones were unembellished except for the paint job, which was done by hand in three shades of blue. The splashes of color, the shapes, and the patterns created served as visual anchors in the otherwise unbroken whiteness of the space. The merging of geometries, textures, and materials with the subtle reasoning behind the spatial intervention gave the place a highly distinct identity.
Photos by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG