Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Project Year: 2013
Area: 450 m2
Photo: Ruy Teixeira
When the Brazilian architect Felipe Hess was hired to reconstruct and reconfigure a large art apartment with an area of 450 square meters at the corner of one of the most significant avenues of São Paulo — Avenida Paulista, he knew for sure that the focus of the project would be an extensive and impressive collection of furniture and art works of his young client. To achieve this, the architect designed a striking “empty canvas” that creates a definite and impressive background for its contents.
Completed in 2013, the original plan of the apartment was completely renovated. The “divided rooms” have disappeared, including most of the partitions between public rooms intended for entertainment, such as a living room, kitchen and dining room. The same can be said for the four bedrooms, because at present there are only two rooms in the apartment, including a master bedroom with a huge space of 100 square meters.
The flawless white walls extend throughout the apartment, making the architecture invisible and creating an ideal environment for an evolving art collection that is displayed with focused confidence. The same effect is provided through a light gray, monolithic cement floor that covers the entire space, like a homogeneous carpet. It creates a monolithic visual element that strengthens an open plan and displays artful furniture.
I wanted to ‘disappear’ and to let the collection be the protagonist.
It took me lots of drawings and an attention to a lot of details.
— shares Felipe.
Despite the open layout and untouched white background, there are well-defined sections of spaces (rest area, dining room, etc.), for which the architect used a simple “trick” in trade — the furniture position helps to partition the space. This also applies to two architectural elements, that is, two original steps that lead down from the apartment entrance to the rest area, as well as to two steps leading from the relaxation area to the kitchen and dining room.
As for the interior itself, art and functionality are combined beautifully with bright sunlight, penetrating this house through wide windows over the lively alley below. It seems that life and art stand out in the most remarkable way.