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SS Apartment by Atelier PECLAT+CHOW

9.30.2020

Brazil-based architectural studio Atelier PECLAT+CHOW has carried out a complete renovation of a 1960s apartment in São Paulo. Located in the stylish neighbourhood of Jardins, the apartment hadn’t been restored in over 50 years, and required a complete overhaul to suit the needs of the client. 




The Atelier says that the biggest challenge was to create a good layout within a floorplan measuring 4.5m wide and 27m long. By moving the peripheric hallway into the centre of the apartment, the three bedroom, one bathroom layout was converted into two bedrooms, both with ensuites, and a generous open-plan living space.





In reference to both the Greek origins of the client and the urban landscape of São Paulo, the material palette has purposely been kept pared-back, with some of the original bricks from the 60s left exposed. A white stucco layered on top gives the bricks a softer, more delicate feel. Calacatta marble used for the kitchen and bathroom countertops injects a touch of luxury and further texture, while the floors covered in Peroba Mica hardwood provide a beautiful richness and warmth. This is further enhanced by the brushed walnut paneling on the walls and doors, which are visible as soon as one enters the apartment. A floating wooden monolith in the centre of the living area creates a volume that embodies the space with a sense of permanence and also acts as an invisible separation between the kitchen and the living room.






The furniture meticulously selected for this project comprises of a well-balanced mix of some of the very finest mid-century modern Brazilian designs, including pieces by José Zanine Caldas and Carlo Hauner, along with some contemporary pieces designed by the Atelier. The outcome is warm, calm, and refined.




Photography by Luiza Maraschin

If you'd like to see more from Atelier PECLAT+CHOW, check out the inspiring Santos Apartment

Images courtesy of Atelier PECLAT+CHOW

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